MTSA Conference 2020


All payments must be made in full before or by check in on the first day of the conference.
A reminder that full refunds are issued up until February 15, 2020. Refunds requested after that date will be subject to a processing fee of $100.



Focus: To assist young adults with disabilities in planning to achieve their transition goals.

Who should attend: Educators, agency personnel, parents, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers.  

Featuring: Keynote speakers, session presenters, exhibitors, and more!!!

Conference Location

Dates and Times:

  • March 16th 2020 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm EDT
  • March 17th 2020 from 8:00am to 4:00pm EDT
  • March 18th 2020 from 8:00am to 12:00pm EDT
  • Location Name: Grand Traverse Resort
  • Address: 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd, Acme, MI 49610 US

Click HERE to book your MTSA room reservations at Grand Traverse Resort.

You can also call our Reservations Department directly at 1-800-968-7352 and mention the MTSA Conference to receive the discounted rate.

Pre-Conference Keynote

Information coming soon.

Conference Keynote

Zack Gottsagen – Actor

Zack Gottsagen dreamed of being an actor as he grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. While some thought Gottsagen’s acting goal seemed unlikely because he has Down syndrome, Gottsagen never let that stop him. He enrolled in a performing arts school and took acting lessons, and after years of training and dedication to the craft, Gottsagen achieved what many thought would be impossible. Listen to Zack’s amazing story that helped him land the lead role in The Peanut Butter Falcon.

Rachel Barcellona~Autism Advocate, Model, Author, Singer, Actress, Pageant Winner

Rachel has competed in several pageants in order to build her confidence, winning many national titles and using the platform for autism awareness to make a difference; to show that she can do anything!

Rachel currently serves as a board member for C.A.R.D. USF, and SafeMinds, and is an ambassador for The Unicorn Children’s Foundation, all which have impacted the lives of families and autistic children everywhere. The Unicorn Children’s Foundation has raised a quarter of a million dollars to help donate to families who don’t have money for the necessary therapies/resources for their children.

The Peanut Butter Falcon special screening for MTSA Members

The Peanut Butter Falcon is an adventure story set in the world of a modern Mark Twain that begins when Zack, a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from the nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler by attending the wrestling school The Salt Water Redneck. Through circumstances beyond their control Tyler , a small-time outlaw on the run becomes Zack’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor , a kind nursing home employee with a story of her own, to join them on their journey.

Conference Registration

Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitors

Call for Presenters – Complete the form below- (Applications due by 12/15/19)



MTSA Call for Presenters
The title of your session is the first impression for Conference Attendees. Use a concise, but an inclusive title which clearly conveys what you will be presenting and draws attendees' attention to your topic.
All presentations submitted for the conference will be reviewed by multiple people using a rubric. Be clear and specific on what your presentation will provide, focusing on the target audience and the outcome of your presentation.
Abstract: Your session abstract will tell Conference Attendees why they should attend your session. To be effective and create interest, it should provide a brief, clear, and concise reflection of your presentation’s content. The abstract should only be one paragraph of between 150 to 250 words in length.
Target Audience *
I understand that my presentation will be available on the MTSA app and website for members to download *
The following Audio/visual items will be provided: Projector (HDMI & VGA connection), Podium, Screen, Internet, Microphone

If you need specific connectors, speakers, or a clicker to advance slides, it is expected that you will bring them as the presenter.

Optional Material Upload
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