Registration Information

COVID-19 Update

This year has brought unexpected challenges and changes that have required us to adapt to a new way of life. As always, the health and safety of all attendees and speakers is our number one priority. Although we would love to see you in person, we understand that some people might not feel comfortable or be able to travel to the conference this year. For the first time ever, the Thompson Center Autism Conference will be offering a hybrid mix of in-person and online attendance. For those of you who will be attending in person, conference and hotel staff have developed safety protocols and measures which follow state and federal guidelines for social distancing. As things continue to evolve over the next several months, conference staff will make updates and changes as necessary. We appreciate your patience and support as we all navigate this new “normal.”

Registration Fees

In-person registration fees include two days of sessions led by leaders in the field of autism, conference materials, access to exhibitors, and breakfast, lunch, and snacks on both days. Attendees may also attend the Student Poster Session on Thursday afternoon free of charge. Continuing Education Credits are offered for an additional fee. Please note that due to Covid-19, some sessions may have virtual speakers. These sessions are noted on the Schedule and Sessions page.

Online registration fees include two days of virtual sessions led by leaders in the field of autism, conference materials, and access to exhibitor information. Continuing Education Credits are offered for an additional fee. Continuing education can only be earned for watching the session live, in real time. Virtual speakers and those attending online will utilize the Zoom platform. Zoom is an easy to use online meeting space and can be accessed from any computer, smart phone, or tablet using high-speed internet. Online participants who cannot attend a session live will have access to the session video for 72 hours. Participants will only be able to access videos for the sessions they registered for.

Registration Type
Early Bird
2/1/20 - 6/1/20
6/2/20 - 9/23/20
Online ONLY
Now until 9/25/20
Professional Group 5+ (10% discount)$315$360$275
(no 10% discount)
Professional $350$400$275
University Student $200$200$200
Parent/Caregiver $200$200$200

*Groups registering 5 or more people for in-person registration receive 10% off the current registration price including continuing education credits. Groups must have a minimum of 5 individuals to receive the group discount. Please note that there is no group discount for on-line attendance.

*University students are defined as those attending a higher education institution during the current semester. Proof of student status may be required.

Continuing Education

At this time, we anticipate to offer continuing education with the following organizations/accrediting bodies:

  • APA
  • ASHA
  • BACB
  • CME
  • NASP

Cost for Continuing Education is $50 per accreditation type. Please see the Continuing Education page for further details. Continuing Education must be purchased no later than Wednesday, September 23rd. Participants will not be able to purchase Continuing Education on site.

How to Register

Click here to be taken to the registration portal. Due to safety and social distancing measures, there will be no on site registrations.

If you must obtain approval from your organization to register, you may download the Paper Registration Form. Paper registrations should only be used in cases of approval. All payment must still occur through the registration portal. The Thompson Center cannot accept payments over the phone. If you wish to pay using a check, the registration portal offers an “e-check option.

If you wish to register using a purchase order, please email or call 573-884-1619.

Cancellation Policy

In the unlikely event that the conference is cancelled, attendees will receive a full refund. In the event that the conference moves to online attendance only, in-person attendees will be refunded the difference in price between the in-person and online ticket or have the option to receive a full refund. Request for refunds due to cancellation must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m. CST on September 17th. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after this date and no refunds will be issued for non-attendance. Substitutions are welcomed. Please send all refund or substitution requests to

For individuals who have registered for in-person attendance and wish to switch to online attendance, please email Requests for change must be received in writing on or prior to 5:00 p.m. CST on September 17th.

Promotional codes must be used at the time of checkout. Promotional codes cannot be applied retroactively and no refunds will be issued for unused codes.

The conference will be held regardless of weather conditions and no refunds will be given due to inclement weather. We must adhere strictly to this policy and we thank you for your understanding.

Special Needs

It is our mission to make sure that the conference is accessible and enjoyable for all attendees. The University of Missouri complies with the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). If you require any auxiliary aids or services, please note your request during the registration process.

If you have special dietary needs, are a nursing parent, or need other accommodations, please note your request during the registration process. You may also email or call (573) 884-6276. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your needs.

Grievance Procedure

Please click here for a copy of the Grievance Procedure.

For questions about registration, please email

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