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Conference Information:

Date: May 1, 2023
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824
Focus: Inclusion and Belonging

We are excited to feature the following presenters for the conference:

  • Erik Carter, Ph.D., Luther Sweet Endowed Chair in Disabilities at Baylor University and Executive Director of the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities
  • Jennifer Kurth, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Kansas and Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Training at the University Center on Developmental Disabilities
  • Sam DeGain, Kayla Helferich, Max Hinga, Aiden Yost, Unified Champion Schools State Youth Activation Committee
  • Torrie Dunlap, Ph.D., Executive Director of Kids Included Together (KIT)
  • Paula Kluth, Ph.D., consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar (via a 20-minute video created especially for START)
Unified Champion schools students
picture of Erik Carter
picture of Jenny Kurth
picture of Torrie Dunlap



Parking, morning refreshments, and lunch are included in the registration cost. Registrants will also receive access to Paula Kluth’s recorded session for a limited time following the conference.

Family Scholarship

The START Project offers a Family scholarship to Michigan family members of a child with a disability, to cover the cost of registration for the START Conference.

To be considered for this scholarship, please complete and submit an application. You will receive notification of a decision within 14 days of submission of a completed application. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be registered for the Conference automatically; please do not register separately from the submission of the application.

Please note: The number of scholarships is limited, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If you are awarded a scholarship, you may be asked to complete a short survey regarding your experience following the Conference.

In addition, the Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs scholarship assists families to attend conferences that relate to caring for their child with special needs.  

Lodging Information

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

There is a room block available at the Kellogg Center, with room rates ranging from $150-235/night. To reserve your room, call (800) 875-5090 and use the group code: 2304START1 and specify that it is for the “22nd Annual START Conference.”


START is offering up to 5 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) at no charge. Information and instructions will be provided to registrants prior to the conference. We apologize that we are unable to offer social work or BCBA CEUs for this conference. 


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