Annual Conference 2017

The 2017 Conference will take place on September 21st and 22nd. We are thrilled to host the conference this year at the newly renovated Crowne Plaza AIRE hotel in Bloomington, MN.


Registration is now open! To register by phone or email, download this form. To register online, follow this link. For further assistance with online registration, please view the following instructions. Register before August 15th for early bird fees!



2017 Program Schedule


If you are interested in presenting a poster at the conference, please view here for more information!


Lodging is available at the conference hotel, Crowne Plaza Aire, or Erik’s Ranch & Retreats. Please see below for more information about these lodging options.

Crowne Plaza Aire (952-854-9000)

  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from MSP and MoA
  • Free on-site parking
  • Across the street from the American Blvd. light rail station for easy access to the Twin Cities
  • Free Wifi in all guest rooms and conference rooms
  • Indoor pool and hot tub
  • 1500-square-foot, 24-hour fitness center
  • Conference Room Rate: $129 per night (just mention the MNABA conference!)

Erik’s Ranch & Retreats

Prior to your arrival to Minneapolis/Saint Paul, please consider booking a room at Erik’s Retreat (

Erik’s Retreat is conveniently located in Edina close to the MSP airport, downtown and the city’s beautiful chain of lakes.

Erik’s Retreat is a first-of-its-kind living, working and social environment for young adults with autism who operate boutique-style guest accommodations. What sets Erik’s Retreat apart is that not only do members call the Retreat “home”, but they actively help run our hospitality operations as concierge staff, tour guides, gardeners, bakers, horse grooms, sous chefs –whatever their passion –  all while serving discerning guests like you. It’s a reciprocal relationship, and the first groundbreaking model of its kind in the nation. It’s a new kind of philanthropic giving where simply booking a room is helping transform the lives of this deserving population. Forever. Because of you, our staff is no longer part of the statistics. They are no longer adults with autism who are un- or underemployed regardless of their IQ or education. Instead, they are employed doing what they love.

You can choose another big, lookalike hotel, but consider this: You have the power – through the simple choice of where to stay – to do more. And let’s talk comfort: Free WiFi. Apple TV. Complimentary breakfast. A pillow menu. Wine awaiting you. Get the accommodations you want and feel great knowing that where you sleep can make dreams come true.

To book a room or for further  information, please visit or call (612) 401-3080

Erik’s Brochure

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Our 2017 Conference Exhibitors:

Mentor Network

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Behavior Development Solutions

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