Kathleen Dugan, Assistant Professor of Art and Design, is hosting a "Facing Autism Symposium" at the Indianapolis Art Center, April 26 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The symposium is provided as a free service to the community, generously supported by Dugan, The Indianapolis Art Center and the Autism society of Indiana.
"When my twins were diagnosed with autism in 2000, at age 3, there was very little information available," said Dugan. "I was fortunate to meet some very knowledgeable people through an autism support group. With one in every 126 children being diagnosed in the state of Indiana, the need for support is growing."
The symposium offers three sessions designed for parents and family of children diagnosed with Autism and Aspergers, educators and therapists. Cathy Pratt from the Indiana Resource Center for Autism will host "Teaching Alternative Behaviors" at 9 a.m. "Neurobiology and Pharmacological treatment of Autism" will be hosted by Dr. David Posey from the Riley Autism Clinic at 10 a.m. Susan Pieples from the Autism Society of Indiana will speak on "Parenting outside the box - possibilities for our children’s futures" at 11 a.m. After lunch there will be a panel featuring parents of Autistic spectrum children, ranging in age from preschool to adult.
"I conceived of this symposium in conjunction with my art exhibit at the Indianapolis Art Center as a means of offering support, information, and awareness about autism. I was awarded the Lilly Scholars Grant through Anderson University to make this exhibit and symposium a reality," said Dugan.
"It is important for people to understand that this disorder doesn't go away; there is no cure. These children are going to grow up to become adults. If we provide intervention early on, we can assist these children to become functioning members of society."
The event is free and open to the public. Box lunches will be provided to all participants free of charge. For more information contact Kathleen Dugan.
—David Hynds is the Web Content Specialist for Anderson University.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.