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CCC Offering Series of Autism-Related Events Throughout Spring 2011

 

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) cause social and communication impairments and may affect cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one million to 1.5 million Americans of all ages are living with an ASD.

 

To raise awareness of ASDs and the needs of the children, youth and adults who have them, Camden County College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility has regularly offered workshops and other events related to ASD topics since 2007. It will continue to do so throughout the Spring 2011 semester with a free series with activities at all three of the College’s campus locations.

 

Scheduled are:

 

 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Civic Hall, Blackwood Campus: “Transition from High School to Work and College for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders” with Peter Gerhardt, director of transition services at The McCarton School. This lecture is geared toward high school teachers, child study team members, guidance counselors, students with ASDs and parents. It is being offered through the generosity of a grant from The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation.

 

 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Conference Room, William G. Rohrer Center in Cherry Hill: Screening and discussion of the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning biographical film “Temple Grandin.” Claire Danes portrays the high-functioning autistic woman who is a Colorado State University professor of livestock behavior and facility design as well as a prominent advocate of the humane treatment of animals and autism awareness. CCC Professor Jennifer Hoheisel will lead the discussion.

 

 6:30 p.m. March 24, Camden Conference Center, Camden City Campus: “A Basic Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders” with CCC Professor Jennifer Hoheisel, who is the parent of a child with autism and a Parents of Autistic Children Together board member. Her talk will introduce ASD concepts and emphasize the strengths and challenges of people with ASDs. It also will aim to equip teachers with “take-home” strategies to meet some of the educational needs of students with ASDs.

 

 6:30 p.m. April 4, Civic Hall, Blackwood Campus: “How to Use Positive Behavioral Supports in the Classroom for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders” with board-certified behavior analysts Nicole Pelliciari and Laura Henderson. This lecture is being funded, in part, by the New Jersey Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment, Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, and offered through the generosity of The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health.

 

 4 p.m. April 5, Camden Conference Center, Camden City Campus: “Educating First Responders About Autism.” This talk will address the difficulties that emergency responders – police officers, firefighters, paramedics and so forth – might face when a person with an ASD is involved in an emergency. Attendees will learn the symptoms and behaviors characteristic of people with ASDs and explain how they might react to routine first-responder protocols.

 

 6:30 p.m. May 3, Camden Conference Center, Camden City Campus: Screening and discussion of the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning biographical film “Temple Grandin.” Claire Danes portrays the high-functioning autistic woman who is a Colorado State University professor of livestock behavior and facility design as well as a prominent advocate of the humane treatment of animals and autism awareness. CCC Professor Jennifer Hoheisel will lead the discussion.

 

Camden County College is an official New Jersey Professional Development Provider. As a result, state-certified teachers may earn approved professional development credit for attending these sessions.

 

To register or for additional details, attendees should contact the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333, or CCLRregistrations@camdencc.edu.


Published: January 18, 2011