About the Navigating Autism Today: Grand Rapids Conference

You are invited to join Autism Alliance of Michigan for the Navigating Autism Today: Grand Rapids Conference presented by The Children’s Foundation on Friday, October 28th, 2022 at the L. V. Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids, MI.


The mission of the Navigating Autism Today: Grand Rapids Conference is to provide autistic people and their families with education, resources and support in the areas of early diagnosis, education and adulthood. Our goal is that attendees feel better equipped to navigate their unique journey with autism.


Attendees will spend their day in four breakout sessions hosted by professional speakers. There will be a diverse variety of topics and speakers to choose from so attendees can design their day to best reflect their unique interests. The event also provides a keynote speaker, complimentary breakfast & lunch, networking opportunities and an autism resource fair.


Tickets and sponsorships purchased for the 2022 Navigating Autism Today Conference are non-refundable. The purchase price acts as a donation to Autism Alliance of Michigan’s general fund. This allows us to continue to provide free services to thousands of Michigan families affected by autism.

About Keynote Speaker Kris Harrison, PhD:

Kristen (Kris) Harrison, PhD, is a professor and media psychologist in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Michigan. She runs the Family and Media Lab and conducts research on children, adolescents, and media. She has studied the consequences of media use for body image, eating disorders, sexual behavior, obesity, emotional wellbeing, and self-esteem. Her recent work focuses on children’s use of media for sensory regulation and its connection with family media conflict. Kris was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2007 and her twins were diagnosed with autism and PDD-NOS in 2011. They all identify as Autistic and rely on humor to stay sane in a built environment that was not normed for them. You can find her on Twitter @SomeLikeItAut.

Schedule of the Day, Additional Details to Come:

8:30am: Registration, Vendor Fair & Breakfast


9:00am-9:55am: Keynote Speaker


10:00am-11:00am: Breakout Session A


11:10am-12:10pm: Breakout Session B


12:10pm-1:10pm: Lunch & Vendor Fair


1:20pm-2:20pm: Breakout Session C


2:30pm-3:30pm: Breakout Session D





Coming in from out of town? Book a room at the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids-Downtown with our block! Reserve your room by October 11.

AAoM has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $128/night for out-of-town attendees at Holiday Inn near the L. V. Eberhard Center. Reservations can be made by using group code AAM at this link or by calling the hotel’s Reservations Department at 616-235-7611. All guest room rates are subject to local and occupancy tax in effect on the date of arrival.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Although guests are not required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend this event, Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM) reserves the right to update this policy and instate vaccination, masking, and social distancing requirements if an unexpected surge in COVID-19 occurs leading up to the event.


The health and wellness of Michigan’s autism community continues to be our top priority. AAoM supports current United States Center for Disease Control and American Academy of Pediatrics vaccination guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination and recommends children and adults are vaccinated accordingly. To learn more about COVID-19 and its impact on people with autism, please visit our website.