2016 Lewis County Autism Conference a Success!

“Treatment Across Lifespan” was the theme of the 6th annual Southwest Washington Autism Conference.  The October 21, 2016 event was held at Bethel Church in Chehalis, Wa. 175 participants gathered, including parents, adults on the spectrum and professionals in health care, early intervention, early learning and public education, and the broader Southwest Washington community.

Participants gathered to learn best practices, discover community resources and understand what to expect as individuals with developmental disabilities transition through life.

Keynote Speaker was Russell Lehmann, a 25-year-old public speaker, author and autism awareness advocate, who happens to have autism himself.

The PowerPoint presentations and handouts from workshops will be posted here on or before October 26, 2016.

Thank you to all our sponsors and attendees for another great conference!




University of Washington Autism Center
United Way of Lewis County 
Lewis County Public Health & Social Services
Providence Centralia Hospital
Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
In-Tot Development Center
University of Washington READi Lab
Lewis County Parent to Parent 
Centralia College
Washington State Medical Home Partnerships Project
Autism Society of Washington

About the Lewis County Autism Coalition

The origins of the Autism Coalition go back to 2008 when Dr. Isaac Pope of Pope’s Kids Place initiated a pediatric health project addressing the needs of children on the autism spectrum. This initial work led the state Department of Health to identify Lewis County as a pilot Community Asset Mapping (CAM) project. CAM invited a couple dozen Lewis County stakeholders from public schools, early intervention, pediatric medicine, Head Start/ECEAP, United Way, Centralia College and others to participate in a half day meeting on February 16, 2010 to map community assets.

togetherSince that date the coalition has produced road maps of autism resources for parents and providers, conducted community trainings for health care, child care and public school professionals; hosted five Autism Awareness conferences, developed a school-medical protocol utilized by the coalition’s SMART team and sponsored a summer program for children on the autism spectrum. Ongoing support has come from Lewis County Social Services and Developmental Disabilities, the United Way of Lewis County, the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, the Kids Connect Charitable Fund, TransAlta and the Foundation for Early Learning.