Check below this for more answers to FAQs for the 3rd Annual Southeast Adult Autism Symposium!!!!!!
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. What are some of the changes to the Southeast Adult Autism Symposium for 2019?
Good question. They are:
a. Signs about foods that are gluten free during lunch. The Symposium's planning committee received a few complaints in its post-conference survey about not having any gluten free signs next to foods.
b. The sessions for a session room will be posted outside that room PRIOR TO the start of the Symposium. Also, signs for interest groups for the adults and young adults tracks will be posted PRIOR TO the start of the Symposium.
c. Valet parking. All parking into the garage and out of the garage will be done by valets who work for the Chattanoogan. This means that you will not have to worry about adverse weather conditions (if there are any on the day of the Symposium at the Chattanoogan). Valet parking and lunch is included in the price of registration.
d. The first round of sessions will take place at 9:00 AM instead of 8:15 or 8:30. This will allow individuals to take it easier than last year. Exhibitors will have between 7:45-8:15 AM to get to register at check-in and set up. Valet parking is available for exhibitors. Attendees will have been between 8:15 and 9:00 AM to register at check-in. Coffee and tea will be available during the morning hours until 11:00 AM.
e. Cookies will be offered this year as a mid-morning snack. No information if they are gluten free or not at this point.
f. A room for speakers to relax and prep will be available at this year's Symposium.
2. I heard that the Closing Reception will be held at the Chattanoogan this year. Is this true? Yes. The Closing Reception will be at the Chattanoogan this year and start approximately 30 minutes after the last round of sessions. It will be an Ice Cream Social and you must RSVP when registering so we have an idea how many people could be at the Closing Reception.
3. Is the Welcome Reception going on again this year? Ah yes. A lot of people loved the Welcome Reception the last two years, and we'll carry on the tradition. We have had an increased number of people coming to the Welcome Reception from year one to year two, and we expect more people coming to it in year three than in year two. You must RSVP when registering so we can have an idea how many people could be at the Welcome Reception.
4. Am I welcome to come to the Symposium, even if I live in another state outside of Tennessee? Yes. In the first two years of the Symposium, attendees have come largely from Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and western North Carolina. Also, attendees have come from Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, and the DC suburbs of northern Virginia. This is an event that is regional in scope and attracts people from different areas of this USA.
5. What if I want to talk with someone at the Symposium or there is someone there I would really like to get to know? That's great, but respect the "stoplight circle colors" on badges.
Green dot on badge = You can come up to me and talk
Yellow dot on badge = Please ask me first before talking with me
Red dot on badge = Please respect my privacy and do not talk with me
6. What about registration waivers? We have a number of waivers this year. We will have them mainly for TN and GA residents, but will be available for residents of other states. If you are requesting a registration waiver, please contact Dave Buck, Chattanooga Autism Center executive director at for more information. You will be required to fill out an online application and to show up on the day of the Symposium.
For AL, AR, and NC residents who do not qualify for a waiver, there is a reimbursement process that each state has that you will need to follow. In other words, if you live in one of those three states, you will need to register online in advance, etc. before being reimbursed by your state. Information for AL, AR, and NC residents will be posted as soon as I get it.