Communicative Disorders Program Department of Special Education

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Workshops and Continuing Education Events

The Communicative Disorders Program and the SFSU chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) provide workshops and Continuing Education (CE) events throughout the academic year for students, members of the community, speech-language pathologists, and other professionals. We provide Certificate of Maintenance hours, accepted by ASHA to fulfill continuing education requirements.


October 18, 2014
Seven Hills Conference Center (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)
AASCEND & SF State’s Autism Spectrum Studies Present
Innovation at Work: Saluting Leaders in Autism Employment, Media, and Women’s Issues
AASCEND’s 15th Anniversary Conference

Registration and detailed information at
Student Registration: Only $30. Student volunteering opportunities available.


For too long many adults on the autism spectrum have been excluded from the mainstream or marginalized because of their differences. For the past fifteen years, however, AASCEND has been a community of passionate volunteers on and off the autism spectrum who promote the belief that a society that includes everyone benefits all. Innovation at Work salutes leaders on and off the autism spectrum who are finding new ways for autistic adults to live, work and socialize successfully.


Wrong Planet, led by Keynote Speaker, Alex Plank, creates community and connection online with more than 80,000 members. By advising media on portrayals of characters with autism, Plank helps create better social understanding and a more neurodiverse society.

Keynote Speaker, Jose Velasco, head of SAP’s new Autism at Work program, believes workers on the spectrum have unique skills and capabilities that can contribute to a company’s bottom line. Velasco has insights into how companies can hire autistic workers and potentially gain a competitive advantage.

The Employment on the Spectrum panel presents an up-to-date overview of model programs and employment opportunities for autistic workers in the United States and Europe, in microenterprise, corporations and government. Additionally, the panel will address how the Department of Rehabilitation can assist in a job search.

Women on the Spectrum introduces a diverse group of autistic women. Their wide ranging experiences will offer insight into what it means to be a woman living on the autism spectrum and their dreams for the future.

Students and faculty from SFSU’s Autism Spectrum Studies will present a session called “Becoming an Autism Professional” about our training efforts and outcomes and the students’ experiences in our programs.

Additional sessions include:

  • Social Thinking;
  • no-dogma meditation for sensory overload;
  • recreation activities for autistics;
  • autism support in college programs;
  • LinkedIn, a tool for autism employment;
  • interpersonal communication styles;
  • and Autism Trauma film and other project of the Autistic Global Initiative.

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