The College Inclusion Summit

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Meet Guillermo, Jasmine, Caroline, Jonathan and Aniella – five students on the spectrum take us on campus and into their lives to see how they’re doing college. Every fall, more and more students on the spectrum who are capable of academic work at the college level go off to college.

Getting in is often easy enough, but navigating college on the spectrum can be challenging in many ways. So students are figuring it out by doing it. From deciding which school will be the best fit, to interactions with professors and peers, facing roommate situations, handling money, homesickness, finding work, overcoming setbacks, staying on track to graduate– these students come up against aspects of college life students typically encounter.

Autism Goes to College is a first of it’s kind film, packed with honest insights for student, parents and educators offering an eye-opening look at what a growing number of neurodiverse students are bringing to campus.

Visit Autism Goes to College for more Information

Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, October 23

12 pm- 5:30– Check-in
1:00-4:00 pm – Preconference workshop
(preregistration required, additional fee)
4:30-5:45 pm – Film: “Autism Goes to College” with discussion afterwards
5:45-6:30 pm – Networking reception
6:30-8:00 pm – Welcome and opening session (Jane Thierfeld Brown)

Thursday, October 24

7:30 am – Continental breakfast
8:00 am-12:00 pm – Panels and breakout sessions
12:00-1:30 pm – Lunch on your own
1:30-2:00 pm – Summit Working Groups (networking)
2:00-5:45 pm – Panels and breakout sessions
5:45-6:15 pm – Networking and refreshments
Evening – Dinner on your own

Friday, October 25

7:30 am – Continental breakfast
8:00 am-11:30 pm – Breakout sessions and panel
11:30 am-12:00 pm – Closing session
1:00-3:00 – Research-to-practice Symposium
(preregistration required, no additional fee)

Words from Attendees

“The Summit is a great place to connect with others in our field to discuss relevant topics and issues. The culture of the conference is very open and collaborative. If you are serving students with autism at the collegiate level, this conference is a must!”

Sarah McMaine-Render, Program Manager, Kelly Autism Program, Western Kentucky University

“The Summit is an extraordinary gathering of college autism support professionals. If you are in the early stages of developing a support program, it’s the perfect place to learn from more experienced colleagues. If you already have a well-established program, you will learn about cutting-edge research and be rejuvenated by the energy of this creative, dedicated group. I went last year, and am eager to return. I highly recommend this event!”

Eric Endlich, Ph.D., Founder, Top College Consultants

“Participants in the Summit want to be out front and provide solutions.  Life on the spectrum is challenging enough. If colleges can help in this regard, we have the obligation to take that opportunity and make every effort to meet those challenges head on.”

John Sheehan, Accommodations Specialist, Purdue University Fort Wayne

About The Summit

The College Autism Network (CAN) is thrilled to announce that, in collaboration with Vanderbilt’s Frist Center for Autism and Innovation, the third annual College Inclusion Summit will be held October 23-25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Summit brings together scholars, practitioners, administrators, and self-advocates to discuss evidence-driven strategies to support college students with autism and other learning differences. Please join us for an excellent learning and networking opportunity! Further information will be posted on the CAN website in the coming months, and be sure to check CAN’s email newsletters for more information on program proposals, registration and accommodations.

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Hotel Information

There are three hotels with whom we have arranged blocks of rooms at a discount (see links below). The deadline is Sept 30 for the Hampton Inn and Hilton and Sept 23 for the Holiday Inn! Rooms are limited. There are, though, many other hotels in the vicinity, depending on your budget and preference for amenities: Homewood Suites, Loews, Marriott, Courtyard, Embassy Suites and more. Many of them have shuttle service to the campus (all three of our partner hotels provide this). There are also many AirBnBs in the neighborhood. If you’re looking for a place, remember that we are in the West End/Vanderbilt part of Nashville. Looking for a roommate? Email us. We will keep a list and share with anyone who is looking for a roommate. Just let us know—male, female, nonbinary, etc., and we’ll connect you with others who’ve also emailed us.


Hilton Garden Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt

Hampton Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt

Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt



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