The College Inclusion Summit

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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 mark your calendars and plan to join us for the third annual College Inclusion Summit! 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.

Call For Programs

The Network is all about its members, and so we rely on you to present programs to share your ideas, practices and challenges with one another during our breakout sessions. These sessions are one hour in length. We are particularly interested in programs on the following topics:

  • Supporting the transition to college
  • Innovations and strategies in the context of campus-based programs
  • Lessons learned from starting new initiatives
  • Preparing students for internships, employment, and post-college life
  • Use of research in developing and refining initiatives
  • Effective strategies to share with faculty teaching students with autism

This is not an exclusive list. We know you have more ideas than we can list.

Program proposals are due by midnight on May 15.

We will notify you by June 30, hopefully sooner, whether your program has been accepted. All presenters must register for the Summit.

Scheduled Events

Hotel Information

The following three hotels, all within walking distance of our conference venue, are offering special rates for Summit participants. Please book by September 23 to receive the conference rate.


Hilton Garden Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt

Hampton Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt

Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt