The Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work is pleased to announce our 3rd biennial Animals on the Mind conference, Extraordinary Connections: Illuminating neurodiversity in human-animal relationships, at University of Denver on May 3-4, 2018.
Extraordinary Connections aims to increase awareness, compassion and understanding of people on the autism spectrum through the strength-based perspective of neurodiversity. This conference will focus on contemporary understanding of neurodiversity and human-animal relationships, through ethical frameworks of educational, therapeutic and vocational opportunities. Experts from around the globe will be featured as we explore the diversity of human and animal minds from a variety of perspectives and research. This special event is co-hosted by IHAC, Center for Neurodiversity and Green Chimneys.
Philip Tedeschi and Michael Kaufmann start the 2016 conference by discussing their peak human-animal interaction moments.
**IHAC and the Morgridge College of Education will host a happy hour immediately following presentations on Thursday May 3, 2018 in the Morgridge College of Education Commons. This special event will feature Dr. Aubrey Fine. There will be plenty of time for networking with drinks and appetizers.
2/16/18: Early Bird Registration Extended until March 1, 2018! Register now for the best conference rate! Click here to register.
2/5/18: Conference Agenda Available! Click here to view.
12/18/17: Early Bird Registration is now OPEN. Click here to register.
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In the spirit of our field, we welcome service animals, therapy dogs and therapy dogs-in-training at the conference when they are accompanied by handlers who actively maintain attention to the welfare of their animal partner. Davis Auditorium is a stage and stadium seating style, large venue that will be very full with conference attendees. Please keep in mind that the conference days will be long for all of us and that your dog's needs may take you outside of the conference at times. While service and therapy dogs are welcome to attend, please be courteous of other dog’s and handler’s space as there may be many teams moving around this busy event. All dogs must remain on a leash at all times while on campus.
This portfolio last updated: 19-Apr-2018 3:10 PM