CAS - Council on Autism Services


The Council on Autism Services (CAS) evolved from discussions over several years at various conferences by individuals committed to high standards of service delivery who also shared a commitment to evidence-based practice. Dissatisfaction was expressed with the lack of suitable conferences for program directors and the poor quality of conference content on ASD service delivery for both staff and directors at existing national and regional conferences.


The primary purpose of CAS is to bring together executive and program directors who conduct programs for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and who embrace an evidence-based approach to delivering and evaluating services. The goal of CAS is to create a working network of service providers to share high level information and identify gaps or needs facing service delivery organizations. The focus of activities is an annual conference each January to promote discussion, interaction, and identification of issues and solutions.

Mission Statement

To meet the needs of individuals with ASD through improving the effectiveness and quality of service delivery programs.


The 7th Annual gathering of CAS will take place in Las Vegas on Monday January 12th and Tuesday 13th, 2015 at the Flamingo Corporate Conference Center in Las Vegas, NV. Please see AGENDA for information on conference schedule and new offerings.

The conference is by invitation only.
Thank you to those organizations that sponsored the 2014 meeting! Without your support our conference would not be possible. If you would like to be a sponsor or would like more information about becoming a CAS sponsor please see the Sponsorship Information section of our website or email us at

CAS Conference Program Structure

CAS Executive Committee:

Raymond G. Romanczyk
Dr. Romanczyk is Executive Director of the Institute for Child Development at SUNY Binghamton, NY.
Joanne Gerenser
Dr. Gerenser is Executive Director of the Eden II Programs, Staten Island, NY.
Danny Openden
Dr. Openden is President and CEO of Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center in Phoenix, AZ.
Emily Callahan
Dr. Callahan is the Director of Outpatient Behavioral Services at the Virginia Institute of Autism in Charlottesville, VA.

The 2015 Conference Planning Committee:

Steve Anderson
Emily Callahan
Ivy Chong
Joanne Gerenser
Ronald Leaf
Ethan Long
John McEachin
Steve Muller
Daniel Openden
Raymond Romanczyk
Sarah Trautman-Eslinger

Conference management: Raymond G. Romanczyk and Rachel N. S. Cavalari