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2021 Autism Behavior and Complex Needs (ABC) Conference for Providers


Friday, March 26, 2021    
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

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DSCC leadership will provide the keynote address on caring for children with special healthcare needs

The Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) is hosting the 2021 Autism Behavior and Complex Needs (ABC) Conference virtually on March 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The ABC Conference focuses on the broad landscape of services and programs that are available to support children with special needs from birth through childhood and how to develop skills to make effective referrals and partner with other agencies and systems.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs in the COVID Landscape.”

The conference will open with a keynote address from Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) Executive Director Tom Jerkovitz and Director of Care Coordination, System Development and Education Molly Hofmann.

Scheduled sessions include:

  • Parent Mediated Treatment Interventions for Children with Autism
    Maureen Karwowski, OTR/L, Vice President of Clinical Services, Easter Seals DuPage/Fox Valley Benny Delgado Jr., CDS, Developmental Therapist
  • Legal Rights of Students with Disabilities during Remote and Hybrid Learning: How You Can Help Your Patients Get What They Need
    Rachel Shapiro, Supervising Attorney, Equip for Equality
  • Caring for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs in the Pandemic and Beyond
    Rishi Agrawal, MD, FAAP Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Visit the conference registration page to sign up.

Please contact Dru O’Rourke with any questions at

Continuing education credits will be available.