BOONE – The public is invited to take part in an autism conference presented by the Hub for Autism and Neurodiversity (HANd), a program of the BlueCross of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services within the Beaver College of Health Sciences. Professionals, family members, people with autism or other disabilities, as well as ASU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to register at The conference will be held September 27,        9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. at Alliance Bible Fellowship. 


The conference keynote address, entitled “My Autism Journey: Various Perspectives,” is designed to celebrate adults and children with autism by recognizing their authentic contributions to our communities.  Breakout sessions during the conference will provide education and skill development in a variety of areas including technology supports, anxiety and autism, and tools for conquering daily transitions and change 


Registration fees are $20 for professionals and $10 for all others. Lunch and certificates of attendance will be provided. Thanks to sponsorship from the North Carolina Division on Developmental Disabilities, Appalachian State’s Blue Cross of NC Institute for Health and Human Services and Watauga County Schools for significantly reducing the cost of the conference for all participants.


For more information, please contact Mary Sheryl Horine (





About Blue Cross of NC Institute for Health and Human Services

Blue Cross of NC Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS), within Appalachian's Beaver College of Health Sciences, opened in 2008 to provide multidisciplinary research opportunities, clinical services, community outreach, and training programs related to improving the health of the regional community.  The IHHS aspires to take education and research beyond the walls of academia by engaging the very people it serves in the process of training future providers, building research relevant to rural health, and creating a sustainable culture of health through regional community partnerships in education and preventive services.


About Appalachian State University

As the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.


  • Occurred Friday, September 27th, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 2:15 pm


Alliance Bible Fellowship

1035 NC Hwy. 105 Bypass
Boone, NC 28607


Mary Sheryl Horine

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