Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who should attend the Symposium?

A: Professionals interacting with students with autism spectrum disorders in the school setting.  For example, general education teachers, special education teachers, para educators, music teachers, physical education teachers, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, behavior specialists, school psychologists, school counselors, school social workers, school nurses, OT/PTs, behavior specialists, and school administrators are welcome to attend and will gain valuable knowledge for supporting students with autism spectrum disorders.


Q: Are you offering more than one symposium this summer?

A: No.  However, we are offering a pre-conference workshop on July 25, 2017.  For more information, please follow this link:


Q:  Do the classes meet the requirements for teacher continuing education (clock hours)?  Will clock hours be provided?

A: Yes.   Clock hours will be offered through Puget Sound ESD, who provides assistance to the educational community by sponsoring clock hours for professional development.


Q: How do I get clock hours for the symposium?

A: More information and forms will be provided at the symposium and pre-conference workshop. You must sign in and sign out each day and submit the completed forms (provided at check-in) with payment (checks only) at the conclusion of the symposium.  You can also mail the completed forms and payment directly to PSESD after the symposium.  Clock hours are $2.00 per clock hour with a $10.00 minimum per person per class.  For more information on clock hours please visit the PSESD Clock Hour Services page:


Q: How will my school know that I have received clock hours? Will my school be notified?

A: Your clock hours information will not be sent to your school.  Please retain the pink copy of your clock hours form for your records and to submit to your school if needed.  Your clock hours will also be posted to your transcript on the PSESD website 3 months after the symposium.  Please contact PSESD directly with questions about clock hours.  For more information on clock hours please visit the PSESD Clock Hour Services page:


Q: Will I get a certificate for attending? Who provides certificates?

A: If you require a certificate of attendance for professional development, please email UW Autism Center staff following the event.  After your attendance has been verified a certificate will be mailed to you.  Please email for certificate requests or questions.


Q: Can parents attend?

A: The curriculum is designed for educators and school settings, which may not provide as much benefit to parents as it will to teachers and school staff. While educators have priority in attending, we will take the names of interested parents, place them on a waiting list, and fill any unused capacity in the symposium with parents.  Please email to be added to our parent waiting list.


Q: Will handouts be provided?

A: Handouts will be available for download on the STAS website prior to the start of the symposium.  Paper copies of the handouts will not be provided at the symposium.  Participants are encouraged to print off handouts at home.


Q: Where is the Seattle Teachers Autism Symposium located?

A:  The symposium and pre-conference workshop will be held, daily from 9:00am-3:30pm, in Kane Hall at the University of Washington campus in Seattle.


Q: How do I get to Kane Hall?

A: Kane Hall is located on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.  Direction and parking instructions will be emailed to registered participants prior to the start of the symposium.  For more information on getting to Kane Hall please follow this link:


Q: Will lunch be provided?

A: A lunch break is scheduled from 11:30pm-1pm each day and is on your own.  There are several restaurants within walking distance to Kane Hall.  We will provide more information in an email coming in early July.  You are also welcome to bring a sack lunch and enjoy the beauty of UW campus.  Morning coffee and afternoon refreshments will be provided.

Q: I have another question, who can I contact?

A: If you have questions regarding STAS registration, please contact  For questions regarding the pre-conference registration, please contact  For question regarding the STAS program or session content, please contact