ABC Conference

SAVE THE DATE – 5th Annual ABC Conference

The 5th Annual ABC (Autism, Behavior Complex Medical Needs) Conference, “Interprofessional Approach to Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs,” will be held Friday, November 21, 2014. Join pediatricians, family physicians, other healthcare professionals and community service providers (home visitors, child care providers, EI professionals) for a day of excellent educational content and networking with colleagues throughout the state. More information to follow.


Exhibitor Opportunity

For the first time in 2013, the ABC Conference offered ample exhibit time for interested companies and organizations. For information on exhibiting  at the next ABC Conference, contact Elise Groenewegen at 312/733-1026 ext. 204, or via email at


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.

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). Below are program brochures, presentations and handouts of past ABC Conferences.

2013, 4th Annual ABC Conference

Making Systems Work Across the Lifespan for Children with Special Needs

Brochure (PDF)

Presentations and Handouts

2012, 3rd Annual ABC Conference

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Caring for Children and Families with Complex Medical Needs

Brochure (PDF)

Presentations and Handouts

2011, 2nd Annual ABC Conference

Brochure (PDF)

Presentations and Handouts

2010, 1st Annual ABC Conference

Brochure (PDF)


For more information about the ABC Conferences, please contact:

Elise Groenewegen
Coordinator, Early Childhood Development Initiatives
1400 W. Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
312/733-1026, ext. 204
Fax: 312/733-1791