Thank you to all of our speakers, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees who helped to make our 8th and fully-remote conference a success! Using a virtual conference platform, we were able to bring this year’s Breakthroughs to a national audience. Over 600 registered attendees attended 36 different sessions of keynotes, presentations, poster sessions, and roundtables. 


As was highlighted in our keynote with Dr. Temple Grandin’s intimate conversation with Quad Prep Founder and Head of School Dr. Kimberly Busi in “Thinking Differently: The Essential Value of Neurodiversity in Our World and Future”, this year’s conference was a reflection of the exciting advances we are seeing across the nation in twice-exceptional education and examples of increased awareness of neurodiversity across different industries. Dr. Susanne Bruyere spoke on increasing hiring opportunities with the neurodiverse population in her presentation, “Disability Workplace Inclusion: Autism at Work,” and architects Jennifer Carpenter & Irina Verona spoke on designing neuro-inclusive spaces in schools and the workplace in their presentation, “Joyful, Not Painful: Education Spaces for All Learners.” 


Diversity inclusion was another common thread throughout the conference. We heard from Haley Moss in “Not A Boy’s Club: Empowering Autistic Girls”, Dr. Renae D. Mayes’ keynote titled, “Mapping the Margins, Understanding Intersecting Identities for Twice-Exceptional Students”, and the importance of cultural awareness when working with Black families of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Maria Davis-Pierre, the Founder and CEO of Autism in Black Inc. 

We look forward to seeing you again next year! 


Questions or comments, please contact: 

The Breakthroughs Conference Committee



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