ABC Conferences

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The first ABC Conference in 2010 was organized by The University of Chicago, Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Almost Home Kids and the Illinois LEND (Leadership, Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The first ABC Conferences focused 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 additional providers from primary care, specialty care, nursing, allied health fields, home visiting, child care and early education, Early Intervention, special education, and other fields.

ABC Conference participants can expect to learn about the broad landscape of services and programs that are available to support children with special needs from birth through childhood, and develop skills to make effective referrals and partner with other agencies and systems. Each track (A, B, and C) features sessions that converge with different systems, developmental services, medical interventions, and innovative partnerships that benefit children served across interprofessional groups. The keynote sessions address the overall theme of the conference. Since 2013, the ABC Conferences have offered ample exhibit opportunity for non-profit and for-profit organizations to share resources and information about their services.

2015 marks the first year that an ABC Downstate (ABCD) Conference was held to serve the professional development, networking, and support needs of child-serving professionals in Southern and Central Illinois.

For slides, handouts, and more information about past ABC Conferences, please visit the Past ABC Conferences page.



Friday, November 18, 2016
7th Annual ABC (Autism, Behavior, Complex Medical Needs) Conference

“Zip Code vs. Genetic Code: The Social Determinants of Caring for Children and Families with Special Needs”

Moraine Business and Conference Center
9000 W College Pkwy
Palos Hills, IL 60465

This year the conference planning committee has chosen the conference theme “Social Determinants of Health” in alignment with American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy and priorities. The AAP recognizes the importance of promoting children’s health and well-being in the context of their families and communities and the crucial importance of interdisciplinary communication and coordination to successfully address all factors that contribute to a child’s health and well-being. Julie Morita, MD, MPH, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, has been confirmed as the opening keynote speaker.

Look for registration to open at the end of August, 2016!


The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics is accredited by the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) to provide continuing education for physicians.

The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


For more information about the ABC Conferences, please contact:

Tom Bradach
Coordinator, Child Development Initiatives
1400 W Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
312/733-1026, ext. 218
Fax: 312/733-1791