Conference FAQ's

Host Hotel

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa (click the hotel name to be linked to their website)
1000 PGA Tour Boulevard
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082
Phone: (239) 444-1234

The FABA room rate is available for $159/night +$5 resort fee for reservations made before August 15, 2019

Another hotel option within walking distance is 

Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra (click the hotel name to be linked to their website)

45 PGA Tour Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, 32082

Phone: (904) 280-1661

There is not a specific room block defined for this event.


September 18-21, 2019

Conference Registration Fees

Advance Registration Only:
$ 195 for a Professional Member Two Day Advance Registration
$ 125 for a Professional Member One Day Advance Registration
$ 120 for Student / Direct Care / Parent  Two Day Advance Registration
$ 85 for Student / Direct Care / Parent  One Day Advance Registration
$ 310 Non-Members Two Day Advance Registration
$ 250 for Non-Members  One Day Advance Registration
$ 88 Advance Workshop Ticket (each) (CEUs included if needed)

When to arrive and leave

The conference officially begins on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 8 am, and ends on Saturday, September 21th at 12:30.    Pre-Conference workshops are held on Wednesday, September 18th and require an additional ticket purchase.   Post-Conference workshops are held on Saturday from 8:00-11:00 and require an additional ticket purchase.   Please note that on Saturday, conference sessions as well as workshops will be held.

Most attendees will want to arrive by Wednesday evening in order to attend participate in the annual Speed Networking event and the Hospitality Suite.

If you would like to take advantage of the full conference event, departure travel should be planned for Saturday, September 21st after 12:30.  That being said, many people choose to leave on Friday Night after the Inside Behavior Analysis event.   If you choose to stay for Saturday, you may attend the popular Ignites @ Nite! event at 8:00, directly followed by Karaoke and Dancing.

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, September 17

FABA Store and Packet Pickup open 5:00 pm

Wednesday, September 18

FABA Store and Packet Pickup open 8:00 am
Workshops run from 9:00 am to noon and 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Speed Networking 7:00pm
Hospitality Suite 7:30pm

Thursday, September 19

FABA Store and Registration open 7:00 am
Sessions run from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Keynote Address 11:00 am
Presidential Social/Poster Session 5:30 pm
Reunions/Company Dinners 8:00 pm

Friday, September 20

FABA Store and Registration open 7:00 am
Sessions run from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Presidential Address/Business Meeting 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ignites @ Nite! – 8:00 pm
Friday Night Social–9:00 pm

Saturday, September 21

Sessions run from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Workshops run from 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Closing Invited Address 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

The full agenda will be released in the weeks leading up to the conference, but details are subject to change up to and during the conference.  All sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are open to all conference ticketholders.  Workshops require an additional ticket to attend.

Name badges will be issued to all registered attendees, regardless of registration type, and must be worn at all times to gain entrance to sessions, events, the Exhibit Hall and all other areas of the Convention. One-day registrants will find the day they selected for attendance prominently printed on their badges. Exhibit Hall-only passes indicate limited Convention access. Guests must also wear their badges.

Your badge will not be mailed. You will receive your badge along with additional conference material at the conference packet pickup desk when you arrive.

Registration Cap

This year we will be capping registration at 1,400.   This number is determined by the Fire Marshal as the maximum number of people who can exit the conference area in the event of an emergency.   Please do not plan to show up to the conference just to hang around the exhibit area.   This is the main area of overcrowding.  

On Site Registration

FABA will not be registering attendees on-site.   This event is for preregistered attendees only.


Southwest Florida International Airport in Ft. Myers (RSW) is the closest airport, about 13 miles and a 24 minute drive.  The hotel does not offer a shuttle.  The cost of a taxi at RSW is $35 which is a standard charge through MBA, the taxi concessionaire at RSW –  Uber is also available at RSW.

Once you get your baggage from baggage claim you can go outside through door #5. There will be a shuttle service/car pickup line that you can get a ride to the hotel. Otherwise you can call one of the below listed companies to pre-arrange a pickup.

A1 Royal Airport Transportation -

Majestic Airport Service -

Apple Transportation -

Other options for flying:

Miami International Airport (MIA) is approximately a 2 hour drive by car.
Tampa Airport (TPA) is approximately a 2 hour drive by car.
Orlando Airport (MCO) is approximately a 3 hour drive by car.


Both Valet parking and self-parking are available at the hotel.  FABA does not validate, reimburse or offer discounts on parking rates.

Valet Parking: 45 USD daily
Self-Parking: Free

Weather/Conference Attire

In September, the temperature is an average high of around 90 degrees, with an average low around 75 degrees. Meeting room temperatures tend to be cold. Please bring a light sweater or jacket to all meetings. 


Should you require an invitation letter for a Visa application for travel to the U.S. to attend the conference, please forward proof of your conference registration to the Jennifer Bonney at [email protected], and a letter will be issued to you.

Accessibility for Registrants with Disabilities

FABA is committed to providing an outstanding experience for all participants.  We strive for full access to the activities of these events based on an awareness of participants' needs and appropriate planning.  Accessibility accommodations relating to mobility, hearing, vision or other areas may be provided.

We ask that requests for reasonable accommodations requests be made as early as possible, and well in advance of the event, so we may best accommodate individual needs and requirements. Onsite requests will be accommodated to the best of our ability; however, available resources may be limited.

For questions or concerns about accessibility at this year’s conference, please contact Leigh Stehlik at [email protected]

Session Room Behavior

Extensive planning goes into scheduling sessions in appropriately sized rooms; however, the popularity of sessions is not always predictable, and overcrowding occasionally occurs. If a session room reaches capacity, attendees must follow the instructions provided by FABA staff, Hyatt Regency staff, volunteers, or security staff. Attendees may be instructed not to stand against the walls or block the aisles or doors, or they may be denied entry if the room is too crowded. FABA is obligated to abide by the guidelines established by the Fire Marshal. If a room reaches full capacity and we do not have your cooperation, the Fire Marshal has the authority to delay or even terminate the session until any problem has been satisfactorily corrected. Please be courteous and respectful to staff and student volunteers when you are directed elsewhere.

Attendees are asked to be respectful of their fellow attendees and to be mindful of potential disruptions during sessions, such as eating food, use of phones or other mobile devices, or the presence of infants and children. Phones and other mobile devices should always be silenced. Attendees should not be photographing presentation slides unless explicit permission has been granted by the presenter(s); please respect the Recording Policy.

Specialized Tracks in:

Animal Behavior (AB)
Autism (AUT)
Community Applications (CA)
Developmental Disabilities (DD)
Education (ED)
Ethical* (ETH)
Professional Issues (PRO)
Mental Health (MH)
Organizational Behavior Management/PM (OBM/PM)
Political & Legal (PL)
Supervision (SUP)
Theoretical/Conceptual/Philosophical (TCP)
Verbal Behavior (VB)

Tracks will be highlighted in the Program to assist you in selecting the best presentations for your needs and interests.

Charging stations for mobile devices are available in each breakout room.   Please be mindful of sharing the charging stations. Do not leave your devices unattended; FABA is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings.