2024 Family and Medical Conference

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Thank you to our sponsors! 

Game Changers

Allison and Matt Kaczenski



Session Sponsors

 Heather and David Bright  |  Julie and Eric Hamburg, SAS Parents to Lila



Terry and Bill Regan





PACK YOUR BAGS AND MARK YOUR CALENDAR:  July 17 – 19, 2024, Sandusky, Ohio (USA)

Current details on the agenda, childcare, hotel, and more are below and will continuously be updated as we continue to secure speakers.  Please be sure to read through all the important information listed on this page.

Please note that confirmation of SATB2-associated syndrome diagnosis is needed to ensure our conference supports our SAS community. If you have not already done so, please submit a copy of your diagnosis via email to Conference@satb2gene.org.  

Registration Fees (IN-PERSON REGISTRATION CLOSED MAY 31, 2024) 

  • SAS Attendee – Free
  • Adult – $124 each
  • Children (age 3 – 18) – $74 each
  • Age 2 and under – Free
  • Virtual Access – $49 each

In-person registration includes a pass to all conference sessions and roundtables, two breakfasts, two lunches, a family social, welcome bag, priority access to all session recordings, access to our livestreaming platform (Zoom Events), and endless networking opportunities with other SAS families (A value of over $300 per person)!  In Person Registration officially closes on Friday, May 31st.  Virtual Registration remains open until July 14, 2024.  

A limited amount of financial assistance is available to help offset registration costs. Travel Grant Applications are available at the bottom of this page and open until 5pm ET on April 30, 2024.

Virtual Access and Livestreaming registration will be available via the Zoom Events Platform.  Virtual registration includes the ability to view sessions live and have access to the recorded sessions until August 31st – allowing you to go back and watch as often, or whenever, you like through the end of summer!  Register now to reserve your spot!  Registrations for virtual access must be secured by July 14, 2024 at 9pm EST in order to receive on-demand access.  (Please note that unfortunately there are geographic restrictions placed by the Zoom Events platform) 

Please note that on Sunday, June 16, 2024 our room block with the Kalahari Resorts and Conventions will expire.  Rooms booked after June 16th will not be given our preferred room rate and discounts.   

Childcare Registration closes on Friday, May 31st (date subject to change based on availability).  CHILDCARE IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED AND FULL

Professional Childcare will be provided on-site for a minimal fee of $49 for the first child, and an additional $25 per child after that for BOTH DAYS (a value of over $250 per child).  Please note that childcare is provided for ages 3 to 17 years old.  There is a capacity limit and if we reach or near that, we will review for priority given to our SAS kids, younger kids, or families traveling as a solo parent.  Childcare will be provided in a room near our meeting spaces and provided both days to run the duration of our conference sessions (9am to 3pm, with parents responsible for checking child out for lunch).  Our goal is to provide childcare for the duration of the conference sessions on both days to allow our families to fully devote their attention to the important topics.  We have hired A Helping Hand, who has experience with special needs children, and are all CPR certified.  Our registration form allows you to sign up for childcare at the same time you register for conference.  An additional form will be sent via email to complete registration with A Helping Hand separately following conference registration.

If your business is interested in being a sponsor or contributing financially to help offset our costs, please reach out to us to discuss further at conference@satb2gene.org.


  • Wednesday, July 17, 2024 – Conference and Child Care Check In – Convention Center {5:30 PM – 7:30 PM}
  • Thursday, July 18, 2024 – 9:00 am to 3 pm EST; Conference Sessions –  Breakfast & Lunch Provided
    • Breakfast will begin at 7:30 AM and Child Care Check In and Drop off beings at 8:30 AM.  Children pre-registered for childcare must have eaten prior to drop off in childcare.  Please note we will start our sessions promptly at 9:00 AM
    • 3:15 PM – Group Photo
    • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Family Social.  Dinner on your own and then come join us for a relaxed evening of fun and socialization!
  • Friday, July 19, 2022 – 9:00 am to 3 pm EST, Conference Sessions – Breakfast & Lunch Provided
    • Breakfast will begin at 7:30 AM and Child Care Check In and Drop off beings at 8:30 AM.  Children pre-registered for childcare must have eaten prior to drop off in childcare.  Please note we will start our sessions promptly at 9:00 AM

The agenda will be packed with useful and informative sessions and will be finalized in a few weeks. Topics will cover a broad range of information for those new to the diagnosis to those with older SAS children. Examples include puberty, behaviors, aging process, AAC therapies, and more.

Current Secured Topics as of 06/21/2024 include:

  • SATB2 Gene Foundation Updates and News from our community 
  • Supporting Siblings of Individuals with SAS and Sibling Panel 
  • Adulting 101: Life After High School 
  • The Journey to Communicate Autonomy with AAC
  • Challenging Behaviors: Research Findings and Management 
  • Caring for the Caregiver 
  • Basics of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Building Your Village: Finding Practical and Community Resources 
  • Roundtable Discussion Groups – opportunities for smaller round table discussions on topics of interest to you such as  breakouts based on age groups or regions, and more!
  • Medical and Research presentations from:
    • Dr. Yuri Zarate, University of Kentucky
    • Dr. Leszek Lisowski, Children’s Medical Research Institute

Sibling Support Session

After our successful Sibling Support Session in Orlando, we are pleased to offer this again!  Led by trained SibShop Facilitators, SAS parents and older SAS siblings, we are dedicated to providing an opportunity for our amazing SAS siblings to have time together and meet others and find support for each other.  As the typically developing sibling of children with special needs, these unsung heroes will have a time to connect with each other on Thursday afternoon. This is available only for in person attendees and will not be livestreamed or recorded.


Photo and Video Release

The SATB2 Gene Foundation (SGF) will be photographing and video recording parts of the conference.  The SGF reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by SGF, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent, or legal guardian.  To read the full photo/video release, please click the button below.


In Person Registration

In Person Registration is officially closed and childcare has reached capacity.  In Person Registration closed on May 31, 2024.

Virtual Registration 

Virtual Registration is available via our Zoom Events platform that will be used for livestreaming and access to recordings. Virtual Registration will close on JULY 14, 2024.

Hotel Information


Kalahari Resorts & Conventions: 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870

Important Information about the hotel: We have a block of rooms available for our group.  Our room block rate includes access to the waterpark, complimentary Wifi and self-parking, and NIGHTLY RESORT FEE WAIVED.


If you need a handicap accessible room, please select that room type (scroll to the bottom of the booking screen).

2 Double Beds:  $214 per night (plus taxes and fees)

King Living Room Kitchen Suite:  $264 per night (plus taxes and fees)

King Bunk Suite:  $284 per night (plus taxes and fees)

2 Bedroom Kitchen Living Room Suite: $488 night (plus taxes and fees)

3 Bedroom Kitchen Living Room Suite: $692 night (plus taxes and fees)

Rooms must be reserved by June 16, 2024, or sooner to guarantee the preferred room rates and accommodations.  

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your conference registration and do so by June 1, we are able to offer you a full refund, minus credit card process fees, for your conference registration. If you need to cancel your conference registration on June 2 or later, we are not able to offer you a registration refund.

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy

If you have a late cancellation due to COVID-19, please send a written request and proof of positive test to conference@satb2gene.org. Registration refunds will be issued within two (2) weeks after the conclusion of the Family Conference minus credit card processing fees. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our attendees safe by staying home if sick.  All hotel room reservations must be handled with the hotel directly.

Travel Grant Scholarships

We understand that attending the conference in person may pose a financial challenge for some families. To alleviate this burden, we are accepting applications for financial assistance for travel costs.  Applications close at 5pm ET on April 30, 2024. Click on the purple button below to go straight to the application.

We have some complied additional resources for families to seek individually for funding.  To view our Conference Funding Assistance Opportunities, click here.

How you can help!

Looking for a way to support the Foundation and showcase your business or family? We have sponsorship opportunities available. Follow the buttons below to help!



Amazon Wish List 

Help us with supplies needed for the conference!


Need more information?

We’re happy to help answer any other questions!  Please send us an email to conference@satb2gene.org for assistance.  We also have a Facebook group for attendees to help coordinate outings and answer questions – join our group to connect with others! 

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