ABC Conference

The ABC Conferences focus on evidence-based and concrete strategies to address the struggles primary care providers and other health care providers encounter related to Autism, Behavioral Challenges and Complex Medical Needs (ABC). For the first time in 2014 the conference focus was expanded to bring together providers from primary care, specialty care, nursing, allied health fields, home visiting, child care and early education, Early Intervention, special education, and other fields. Participants learned about the broad landscape of services and programs that are available to support children with special needs from birth through childhood, and developed skills to make effective referrals and partner with other agencies and systems. Each track featured sessions that converged with different systems, developmental services, medical interventions, and innovative partnerships that benefit children served across interprofessional groups.

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1st Annual ABC South Conference “A Trauma-Informed, Interprofessional Approach to Caring for Children with Special Needs.”

May 15, 2015. Regency Hotel and Conference Center, O’Fallon, IL.

Sponsored by: The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP), The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP), and The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP).

More details coming soon!

6th Annual ABC Conference

November 20, 2015. Moraine Business and Conference Center, Palos Hills, IL.

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Exhibitor Opportunity

For more information about the 2015 ABC Conferences exhibit opportunity , contact Elise Groenewegen, Coordinator Early Childhood Development Initiatives.

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Past Conferences

The first Autism, Behavioral Challenges and Complex Medical Needs (ABC) Conference in 2010 was organized by The University of Chicago, Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics(ICAAP), Almost Home Kids and the Illinois LEND (Leadership, Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The vision of the conference was prompted by the work of the ICAAP faculty participating in Enhancing Developmentally Oriented Primary Care (EDOPC), a partnership between of ICAAP and the Advocate Healthcare Healthy Steps Program. EDOPC has been a resource for healthcare providers in Illinois to improve the delivery and financing of preventive health and developmental services for children birth to age three. Below are program brochures, presentations and handouts of all past ABC Conferences.

2014, 5th Annual ABC Conference: Interprofessional Approach to Caring for Children with Special Needs

November 21, 2014. Moraine Business and Conference Center, Palos Hills, IL.

Brochure (PDF)

Presentations and Handouts

2013, 4th Annual ABC Conference: Making Systems Work Across the Lifespan for Children with Special Needs

November 22, 2013. Moraine Business and Conference Center, Palos Hills, IL.

Brochure (PDF)

Presentations and Handouts

2012, 3rd Annual ABC Conference: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Caring for Children and Families with Complex Medical Needs

November 23, 2012. Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL.

Brochure (PDF)

Presentations and Handouts

2011, 2nd Annual ABC Conference

November 25, 2011. The University of Chicago Gleacher Center, Chicago, IL.

Brochure (PDF)

Presentations and Handouts

2010, 1st Annual ABC Conference

November 26, 2010. The University of Chicago Gleacher Center, Chicago, IL.

Brochure (PDF)

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For more information about the ABC Conferences, please contact:

Elise Groenewegen
Coordinator, Early Childhood Development Initiatives
Coalition Leader, Reach Out and Read Illinois
1400 W Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
312/733-1026, ext. 204
Fax: 312/733-1791
egroenewegen@illinoisaap.com