Waisman Center Day with the Experts

The Waisman Center presents four community "Day with the Experts" educational events focused on autism, cerebral palsy, cochlear implants and Down syndrome. The series features presentations by Waisman Center researchers and clinicians, as well as a panel discussion with individuals and family members who share their experiences and expertise.

The Waisman Center collaborates with several community and campus partners to host and promote these event including the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin, the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society, and the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology.

The Waisman Center Day with the Experts series is sponsored by the Friends of the Waisman Center.

All Waisman Center Day with the Experts events are free and everyone is welcome to attend. Advance registration is encouraged as space is limited. 

2015 - 2016 Waisman Center Day with the Expert Events:

Cerebral Palsy
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Autism Saturday, January 23, 2016
Down Syndrome Saturday, March 5, 2016
Cochlear Implants Saturday, June 4, 2016

Waisman Center Day with the Experts: Autism

Since 2004, the Waisman Center has collaborated with the Autism Society of Greater Madison to host its annual Waisman Center Day with the Experts: Autism. The day features presentations about some of the latest advances in autism research and answers to audience questions from a panel of experts—individuals diagnosed with ASD and family members. 

Previous Events

2016 | Program Flier

Presentation Handouts


Behavioral Concerns in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Alyssa Walsh, PhD


Factors Associated with Outcomes and Quality of Life in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Lauren Bishop-Fitzpatrick, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow


Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC): Supporting a Spectrum of Communication Needs and Skill Development
Julie Gamradt, MS, CCC-SLP, Director, Waisman Center Communication Aids and Systems Clinic

*not held in 2009

Waisman Center Day with the Experts: Cerebral Palsy

New in 2014, the first annual Cerebral Palsy Day with the Experts will be held with the Centers for Disease Control.

  2015 Program
  Spring 2014 Program  
  2014 Webcast   
  Fall 2014 Program       

Waisman Center Day with the Experts: Down Syndrome

Beginning in 2010, this new collaboration with the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society (MADSS) focuses on sharing knowledge about Down syndrome across the life course, from research using stem cells to the latest standards of care. A panel of experts made up of individuals with Down syndrome and their family members share insights and information.

  2015 Program and Schedule
  2014 Program and Schedule
   2014 Webcast
  2013 Program and Schedule
  2011 Program and Schedule

Waisman Center Day with the Experts: Cochlear Implants

Participants will learn about some of the latest advances in research and will hear firsthand from a panel of experts including individuals. 

  2015 Informational Flyer  
  2015 Program
  2014 Informational Flyer   2014 Program   
  2013 Informational Flyer    2013 Program