This Conference is Beneficial For:

  • Individuals with autism
  • Families and the Community
  • Educators
  • Professionals
The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism is proud to share details for the annual UVU Autism Conference for 2023. Thank you for joining us, as we learn best practice approaches to build a community of belonging, together.
We are excited to announce that Peter Gerhardt will be our keynote speaker.
Starting in 2023, we will now provide a preconference day of breakout sessions
annually, with a special area of focus each year. We are bringing in top researchers and
professionals from around the country with unique expertise in our highlighted topic.
We will also be including new partnering agencies to share community resources and
access to critical information on this important subject.

Annual Conference Keynote Speaker - Peter Gerhardt
Sexuality and Sexual Behavior: A Lifelong Perspective
February 24, 2023

Peter Gerhardt
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ.Dr. Gerhardt has over 40 years of experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author on a number of articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt serves as Co-Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research and is on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. He currently serves as adjunct faculty in the Institute for Behavioral Studies at Endicott College. Dr. Gerhardt received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.

Pre-Conference Morning Address - Amy Gravino
Sexuality and the Spectrum
February 23, 2023

Amy Gravino
Amy Gravino, M.A., is an autism sexuality advocate and Relationship Coach in the Center for Adult Autism Services at Rutgers University. She is also the President of A.S.C.O.T Consulting, which offers autism consulting, college coaching, and mentoring services for organizations, schools, individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families. Amy is an international speaker who has given TED talks, spoken twice at the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day, and presented worldwide to audiences on a variety of topics related to autism, with a dedicated special focus and research on the subject of autism and sexuality. Ms. Gravino obtained her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University in 2010 and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Specialisterne USA, Yes She Can, Inc. and the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City, as well as the Scientific Advisory Board of Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research (SPARK). She is an award-winning writer whose work has been featured in Spectrum, the leading online news source for autism research, Reader’s Digest, special education textbooks, and other outlets. Visit to learn more.

Additional Information

Location: Sorensen Student Center at Utah Valley University

In-Person Conference: Some sessions will be recorded and will be available post-conference- more details to follow. Registration will be required for virtual attendance and no CEUs will be available.

CEUS Available: The CEUS for the conference will only be for BCBA and Social Work. The number of hours is pending until final approval from certification entities. A certificate of attendance will also be available.

Free Parking with Registration in the Parking Garage: The parking garage is located next to the Wellness Center. Once parked, we recommend entering the Wellness Center at level 2, and following the signs toward the Sorensen Student Center and Grande Ballroom.
Lunch: Lunch will be provided.
Session Content: Some presenters have handouts and slide decks to share. You can find this content under the speaker’s name on our website.
CEUs for Social Work and BCBAs will be available.
  • If you are seeking Social Work CEUs or a Certificate of Attendance, you will be required to provide a feedback sheet from the sessions you attended at the end of the day.
  • If you are seeking BCBA CEUs you will need to register through CEU Helper. In order to receive CEUs you will need to scan the QR code located at the back of each classroom at the beginning and ending of each session you attend. CEUs will be managed through CEU helper. CEU Helper | If you are seeking a Certificate of Attendance, Social Work or BCBA CEUs you will need to register through CEU Helper. The directions are included at the end of this email. In order to receive CEUs you will need to scan the QR code located at the back of each classroom at the beginning and ending of each session you attend. If you run into problems at the conference, you can check in with the front desk for assistance.


CEUHelper Instructions

Will you be attending a conference using CEUHelper? Follow the steps below to get ready to collect CEUs with CEUHelper.

Step 1: Create An Account

You can also create an account and login directly in the app.

Create an Account

Step 1B: Alternative Options

Some people may not have a smart phone or may not want to use CEUHelper to collect CEUs. If this is the case, please ask your conference administrators for alternative instructions. You can usually stop by the CEU or registration desk at the conference to obtain a badge or sign in packet.

Temp Login?

Did you receive a badge with an QR code and number? If so, you can login and view your CEUs at Under Temporary User, choose your conference, then enter your email and badge number.

Step 2: Get The AppDownload the app on your phone

Open and use the app for most of the features.

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Step 3: Watch The Tutorial

Watch the latest video tutorial for more information on using the app.

Watch Tutorial

Note: Make sure to update to the most recent version if you have CEUHelper from a previous conference. You can update through your devices app store.

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Other Important Info

  • Add to your list of trusted emails on your email account so you don't miss important announcements.
  • Join the Conference" in the app at home or work. Joining and leaving a conference requires an internet connection.
  • The app will work offline for most features once you join the conference.
  • CEUHelper nor the conference are responsible for providing wifi or reimbursing data charges. Data rates may apply while using CEUHelper.
  • You do not need to leave the app open during your conference. Just open the app when you need to check in or out of an event.
  • If your device runs out of battery and you can no longer collect CEUs with the app, please stop by the registration or CEU desk for an alternative option.
  • If you are having trouble, please contact support.



Gold Level Sponsors

Autism Research of Utah County Council logo

Silver Level Sponsors

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Bronze Level Sponsors

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Recognized Partners

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