• #AnimalsOnTheMind3.0

  • Check out the conference photo album here. 

  • The Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work would like to thank all of our volunteers, sponsors and attendees of 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 aimed to increase awareness, compassion and understanding of people on the autism spectrum through the strength-based perspective of neurodiversity. This conference focused on contemporary understanding of neurodiversity and human-animal relationships, through ethical frameworks of educational, therapeutic and vocational opportunities. Experts from around the globe were featured as we explored the diversity of human and animal minds from a variety of perspectives and research. This special event was co-hosted by IHAC, Center for Neurodiversity and Green Chimneys.

  • Inspiring Minds
    Inspiring Minds

    Philip Tedeschi and Michael Kaufmann start the 2016 conference by discussing their peak human-animal interaction moments.

  • Thank you to our platinum sponsors, Chuck & Don's Pet Food & Supplies!
    Thank you to our platinum sponsors, Chuck & Don's Pet Food & Supplies!



  • Livestream Now Available!

  • Now Offering Animals on the Mind 3.0 Livestream

    We will have a livestream broadcast of the event available for purchase so you can view the conference presentations in real time from the comfort of your home, office or anywhere! After completing registration, livestream attendees will receive an email confirmation with:

    • Two links to view a livestream broadcast of the event while it is happening on Thursday May 3, 2018 (9:00am - 4:15pm Mountain Time) and on Friday May 4, 2018 (9:00am-3:30pm Mountain Time).
    • A PDF certificate of attendance for documenting contact hours for professional development.
    • A PDF agenda for Animals on the Mind 3.0.

    Register for AOTM3.0 Livestream at:

    General Public: $50
    Free to Individuals with autism and autism advocates

    ***Please note this is not a recording of our conference. Registering for the livestream will allow you to view the actual conference presentations as they are happening on May 3, 2018 (9:00am-4:15pm Mountain Time) and on May 4, 2018 (9:00am-3:30pm Mountain Time).

  • Register Now!

  • Updates

    **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. 

    Check back often as we continue to update conference details on this website!

  • Dogs at the Conference

    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: 05-Jun-2019 9:59 AM