The ICDL 2023 International DIR® Conference

Promoting Development and Learning for Everyone

March 3 & 4, 2023

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM US Eastern Time

New York City

Co-Sponsored by the Rebecca School

Mickey Rowe


Fearlessly Different: Our Differences Are Our Strengths 

In this engaging keynote, Rowe shares his deeply personal story of growing up autistic and pushing beyond the restrictions of a special education classroom to shine on the Broadway stage. As an autistic and legally blind person, it was always made clear to Mickey the many things he was apparently incapable of doing. But Mickey did them all anyway—and he succeeded because of, not in spite of, his differences.

Rowe shows all of us that whether disabled or not, the things that make you different, or that you might even perceive as your weaknesses, actually make you unique and valuable and might even be your biggest strengths. Ensuring that everyone we come in contact with feels, seen, heard, understood, and valued. And that sometimes just one small action can change a life.  (Check out his video on the bottom of this page to learn more.)  


New York City Seminar and Conference Center

71 West 23rd Street, New York, New York  10010 

Presenter Spotlights

Finding My Voice from Three Different Perspectives: Autistic Adult, Specialist Educator and PhD Student 

Movement and DIRFloortime®: Harnessing the Power of Movement to Promote Development and Growth for Everyone 

Born to Play: 5 Practical Lessons from Play Science About Autism and Human Development 

Beyond Bubbles and Balloons: How To Communicate About Your Work to Foster Buy-In, Alignment, and the Support of Parents, Other Professionals, and Funding Sources 

DIR®: Shifting the Compliance Mindset in Egypt 

The Intersection of Mindfulness and Sensory Processing: Fostering Connection Through Sensory Awareness 

Presentation Schedule

2023 International DIR Conference Schedule.pdf


Early Bird Registration Prices (Ends February 1st)

Professionals and Paraprofessionals $279 USD 

Students $149 USD 

Parents and Self-Advocates $149 USD

Regular Registration Prices

Professionals and Paraprofessionals $349 USD 

Students $189 USD 

Parents and Self-Advocates $189 USD

An additional $25 continuing education certificate of attendance fee may apply. 



815 6th Ave, New York, NY 10001 

SPECIAL $169/NIGHT GROUP RATE!  Call  1-866 974 9288 (Hyatt House) and use group code G-ICDL or book online by clicking here.  The group rate is reserved for Thursday and Friday, March 2 and 3, 2023 with rooms at our rate available on days before and after based on availability.  If you are reserving for other nights besides March 2 and 3, 2023 or you have any problems using the online booking form, please simply call the hotel and they will assist you.  If you are told there are no rooms left when you call, please email us a and we will follow-up.