A day of innovative discussion on

employment and housing

for adults with autism & other developmental disabilities.



Where will they live…and with whom?  Who will care for them? How will they afford to live independently?
What new housing options are available in our community and beyond?
What are the barriers to living in the community? How do we overcome them?
What is the role of government to serve adults with developmental disabilities?  Where are systems, service models, and programs succeeding…and failing?
Are all the right people sitting at the table?
How can my school, agency or service help to make things better?
What can I do to make a difference?

Friday, October 12th 2018; 9am – 6pm  

Networking social starts at 4:30, providing an opportunity for interaction with local and national thought leaders. 

Center Place Regional Event Center;

2426 N Discovery Place Spokane Valley 99216

Continental breakfast, lunch, and appetizers with two drink tickets for social provided. 

Registration closes on or before October 5th based on availability.

Limited seats – do not miss this unique opportunity!

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Dennis McBride: Director of the Center for Disability Employment in Vienna, Va. A National “think tank” focusing on employment opportunities and success for individuals with disabilities. He previously served as President of the George Mason Research Foundation, where he managed patent and university intellectual property development. Dr. McBride is currently volunteer advisor to the Atlantic Legal Foundation and adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of medicine.

Desiree Kameka: Director of Community Engagement and Housing Networks for the Madison House Autism Foundation. For the last eight years, her work has focused on researching housing issues and advocating on issues of autism in adulthood. Ms. Kameka has developed the Coalition for Community Choice which brings together thousands of stakeholders and self-advocates to be part of the conversation and inform policymakers about the importance of choice and true self-determination.

And other national, state and local experts, including…

  • Therese Fimian — Director of Competitive, Integrated Employment Programs, SourceAmerica
  • Shaw Seaman — Manager of Housing and Quality Assurance, DSHS of Washington State

Facilitated Discussions with Employment and Housing Panels

Table Conversations


Autism Grown Up is a collaborative event presented by: