Autspace 2019 Info/FAQ

What is Autspace 2019?

Autspace 2019 is the 2019 conference of the Association for Autistic Community (AfAC).

(AfAC's first two conferences in 2014 and 2016 were simply called "the AACC", for "Association for Autistic Community Conference".  AACC 2016 participants told us that we really needed to give the conference a better name :-).  So starting in 2018, our conference is called "Autspace".)

Autspace is a conference/retreat of, for, and by Autistic people, in the tradition of Autreat (in the US) and Autscape (in the UK).  More about what that means, here.

When will it be held?

Thursday afternoon August 15, 2019 thru Monday morning August 19, 2019.

Where will it be held?
Tamarack-Butzel Retreat Center, Ortonville, MI -- about 40 minutes' drive from Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), and accessible from Interstate 75.  By car, it's about 5 hours from Pittsburgh, 4 hours from Chicago, Cincinnati, or Toronto, 9 hours from Washington DC.

What is on the program?
  • Formal presentations
    • Click here and here to see presentation descriptions from prior years.
    • If you would like to put together a presentation for Autspace 2019, respond to our Call for Presentations.  We will post a link here to the Call for Presentations when it is ready to distribute.
  • Informal evening sessions.  At Autspace 2018, we had a Glow Party (following an expedition to a dollar store in town to score some Glowing Things!), an evening of comic dramatic readings, and a literary event featuring a short story read by its author.  And we had games and puzzles and pattern block design extravaganzas and s'mores around a campfire ...and more!
  • Plenty of time to meet others, relax, walk the campus, swim, shoot hoops, play shuffleboard or volleyball
How do I register to attend?

We will post a link here to the registration page when registration opens.

By when do I need to register?

July 31, 2019.  The venue will need final headcount for meals very soon thereafter.

How much does it cost to attend?

Fees will be posted on our registration page when registration opens.
If you don't have a full-time job that pays a living wage, you qualify for our low-income rates.  Scholarships will be available upon committee review and per day rates will be available upon request. 

If I am traveling to the conference by air, which airport should I fly to?

Detroit Metro (DTW).

Where do I go to find / share ground transportation?

For Autspace 2018, Tamarack-Butzel provided a bus to make one airport run from/to DTW on our date of arrival and one airport run on our date of departure; cost was $25/person each way.  We will seek the same arrangement for Autspace 2019.  If wheelchair users need ground transportation from the airport or bus/train station, we'll arrange for a vehicle that can accommodate their wheelchairs.

We will be contacting all registrants to coordinate ground transportation -- to coordinate airport arrival and departure times in order to determine scheduling of the Tamarack-Butzel vehicle's airport runs, and to pair people driving to Tamarack-Butzel or renting a car at the airport with registrants who need rides.
  • We will be looking for drivers as well as riders!
  • If you can drive and rent a car at the airport, we want to match you up with other attendees who will need a ride from the airport to the conference and vice versa.  Riders will help defray the costs for car rental, gas, and tolls.

  • Same goes for people driving all the way to the conference.  Riders will help defray the costs for car rental, gas, and tolls. 
Where can I get additional questions about Autspace 2019 answered?

Email autspace@autisticcommunity.org with questions.
    We've set up an announce-only Google Groups mailing list, which you can join if you want to be notified whenever the information in this FAQ is updated.
    Click here to join that mailing list (if you're not already a member), or to view the list archives (if you are already a member).
    (You'll be asked to sign into Google, if you're not already signed in.  If you don't have a Google account, you can get one (for free) by clicking on "Sign in to view this group", then clicking on "Create Account" on the next page.  That will take you to the Create Account page.  Be sure to click the link that says "I prefer to use my current email address" on that page.)

    We will also set up a Facebook group for attendees.  Contact Sarah Pripas-Kapit at autspace@autisticcommunity.org to be added to it.

    What can I do to help, if I can't go to Autspace 2019 myself?

    The Association for Autistic Community (AfAC) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.  Contributions to AfAC are tax-deductible, and will be used to fund scholarships and to build an endowment to underwrite the overhead costs of this and future AfAC conferences. AfAC's tax identification number is 46-4237730.  To contribute via Paypal or credit card, click here:


    Another way to support the Association for Autistic Community and Autspace is to use our Amazon Smile link when shopping at Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4237730 -- doesn't cost you any more, but causes Amazon to donate 0.5% of your purchase price to the Association for Autistic Community.