The annual Outside the Box Annual Conference will kick off Oct. 6-8 in Rehoboth Beach.

Hosted by the Delaware Statewide Programs Association, this conference provides an opportunity to learn about the important issues and best practices relevant to children who have complex disabilities.

New this year, Autism Delaware and the Delaware Network for Excellence in Autism will participate. Presenters will relay the national perspective on best practices. Families and school professionals, who provide services to children with disabilities, are invited. To ensure that families can attend, accommodations will include child care, Spanish translators, nursing services, dietary considerations and assistive technology.

The first day of the conference, Oct. 6, is scheduled for professional development for Delaware school districts and will be dedicated to professional training. On Oct. 7, families and professionals are encouraged to participate in sessions designed to foster partnership and collective experiences. The keynote speaker, Chris Ulmer, is founder and chief executive officer of Special Books by Special Kids Inc.

Oct. 8 is reserved for families only. All attending families will have a say in DSPA activities for the upcoming year. Families are reminded that refunds of the cost to attend an autism conference are available as Autism Delaware stipends. For information, submit a request to

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