To support family participation in the conference, a Children's Institute will be available. This institute will provide an on-site, structured, and fun environment for children and youth (ages 2 to 21) with autism, and their siblings, who are Pennsylvania residents. Registration is limited to 100 participants for whom we receive completed registration packets.
Since the number of applicants exceeds our capacity, registration preference will be based objectively on a number of factors (e.g., first-time registrants, timely submission of completed registration forms). Only children who have received a confirmation will be able to participate. Drop off care is not available.
The registration process:
Keep in mind that a parent or guardian must be in The Penn Stater building and must be accessible (by cell phone, e.g.) during all Children’s Institute hours. Also, families that have previously been accepted for enrollment but did not call to cancel when their plans changed are not eligible to participate.
From May 12–15, call 800-982-3375 and talk with Cherie Neely at ext. 3596 or Dawn Moss at ext. 3024 to request a registration packet. A registration packet will be sent to you by postal mail or e-mail.
Complete the registration packet in full for each child participating.
Mail or e-mail the completed forms by June 13 to the address provided in your packet. While early registration is helpful, it does not guarantee placement in the Children’s Institute. You may receive a follow-up phone call in order to clarify or obtain information.
Your completed registration packet will be reviewed. Once an enrollment determination is made, you will either
- receive a confirmation postcard with a registration number and assignment information for each child OR
- be notified of full capacity and availability on a waiting list.
Please note: Your child is not officially registered until you receive the confirmation postcard. No child will be admitted to the Children's Institute without a confirmed registration.
Bring your registration confirmation postcard to the Children's Institute.
If you change your child's attendance plans in any way, please notify JoEllen at 800-982-3375, ext. 3074, by July 11 so that others can have the opportunity.
If you have questions or concerns, please call 800-982-3375, Cherie Neely at ext. 3596 or Dawn Moss at ext. 3024.