Mozart & the Mind – Symposium & Expo

Autism: Orchestrating Strengths and Success on The Spectrum

June 1 & 2, 2019 – San Diego, CA

Through “Mozart & The Mind”, the nonprofit Mainly Mozart is invested in exploring the limitless potential of the human mind across all of its manifestations – “because the world needs to hear ALL of its Mozarts”.

This year we are thrilled to bring to San Diego a group of brilliant musicians, artists, authors and poets from across the US, all “Mozarts” of their artforms. While their work shines on its own, of its own merit, they are also invested in sharing their personal perspectives on life with Autism. Some consider “autistic” to be part of their identity and their work. Others consider they are “on the autism spectrum” and that is separate from their work or identities.  They are coming to share how they each found their inner “Mozart”, and orchestrated their strengths and success. In addition, we bring together professionals from the various fields of Psychology, Social Sciences, Education, Music Therapy, Art, Drama/Theatre, and Film/Media to explore: How do we create a truly inclusive and empowering environment in our communities? Most importantly, we invite everyone who is personally or professionally involved in Autism to bring their ideas, questions, and concerns to explore this topic with our speakers. We aim to take your input to build on our existing inclusive Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra and expand our programs for years to come.




Saturday, June 1st | 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Success on the Spectrum:  What is possible when we focus on STRENGTHS!

Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall | BUY TICKETS

List of Presenters                   List of Artists

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – Symposium & Expo
4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m. – Books signings
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – Temple Grandin keynote; Derek Paravicini concert with Adam Ockelford, Ph.D

Thomas Iland – Charismatic Speaker and Autistic Advocate

Grant Manier – Innovative award-winning autistic EcoArtist and author

Temple Grandin, Ph.D. – Most influential Autistic advocate, author, speaker, and revolutionary scientist – “Finding Your Inner Mozart”

Joel Anderson – Award-winning autistic artist, Live painting

Kristine Barnett – Autism rights activist and educator, author The Spark: A mother’s Journey of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism

Darold Treffert, MD –  World-renowned expert on Autism and Savant Syndrome, author Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired, and Sudden Savant

Diego Peña & Edlyn Peña, Ph.D. – Diego is an 11-year-old author and advocate with Autism. Dr. Peña is an award-winning researcher and advocate –“Mozart in Prose”

Matteo & Annette Musso – Matteo is a 14-year-old Poet, Author and Advocate with Autism, and Annette is an advocate who dubs herself “Matteo’s side-kick mom” – “Mozart in Poetry”

Rosa Martinez, Ph.D. – BCBA-D. – President of  Strokes of Genius, Inc., empowering individuals with Autism who have an interest in art – “Mozart in Paint”

Amoako Buachie – Award-winning artist with autism, Live Painting

Thomas Fabricus, MD – Physician and Researcher on Autism and the Evolution of Human Cognition – “Mozart Decoding – Hyperlexia”

Bryan Mischler, MSW., LCSW & Vivian Hazell, MSE, LPC, therapists serving children, adults and families with Autism “Neurodiversity and Strength-Based Transitions to Adulthood”

San Diego Regional Center Clients:
The San Diego Regional Center will cover one Saturday Only pass to June 1, or one All Access pass to June 1 and 2.  Call Mainly Mozart at (619) 239-0100, ext 2.
We will take your name, billing address, phone number and email address, along with your credit card number, and hold one pass. You will only be charged if you do not attend the event. If you reserve a pass and cannot attend the event, you must let the Mainly Mozart Box Office know by May 30 to avoid being charged. If you need further financial assistance, please contact the Box Office.


Sunday, June 2nd | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Orchestrating Strengths: Nurturing and Expanding Strengths on the Spectrum

The Scripps Research Auditorium at TSRI | BUY TICKETS

List of Presenters                   List of Artists

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – Presentations and Art Expo
3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Interactive Panel:  Autism, Inclusion, and Empowerment

Thomas Iland – Charismatic Speaker and Autistic Advocate

Susan Baum, Ph.D. – Educational Psychologist, Award-Winning Author

Assal Habibi, Ph.D. – Developmental Cognitive Neuroscientist

Michelle Hardy, MT-BC – specializes in evidence-based music therapy for children with autism

Chantal Sicile-Kira – Autism consultant, an award-winning author, and speaker

Keri Bowers – co-founder of The Art of Autism, activist, artist, filmmaker, and Independent Living Skills facilitator

Dr. Laurence A. Becker, Ph.D. – award-winning documentary film producer

SPECIAL SCREENING: The University of Exeter’s Exploring Diagnosis Project (Film)

Panelists include: Dr. Steven Kapp, Dr. Jean Harrington, Susan Rancer, Kim Vargas, Anne Torsiglieri, Julie Coy-Manier, Dr. Susan Baum, Dr. Assal Habibi, Keri Bowers, Grant Marnier, Thomas Iland, Dr. Laurence A. Becker, Michelle Hardy, Chantal Sicile-Kira, Matteo Musso, Annette Musso, Dr. Rosa Martinez, Amoako Buachie, Dr. Thomas Fabricus, Brian Mischler, Vivian Hazell, and Kristine Barnett


All programming subject to change. Financial assistance is available. Please email [email protected] or [email protected].