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CCC Offering Free Series of Autism Film Screenings and Presentations

 

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, youths and adults who have them, Camden County College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility has offered regular workshops and other events related to ASD topics since 2007. The Center will continue to do so throughout the Fall 2011 semester with a free series of activities.

 

Scheduled are:

 

 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Danch CIM Center, Blackwood Campus: Screening and discussion of the documentary “Wretches and Jabberers,” which follows two men with autism who travel the world to change people’s minds about the disorder. Professor Jennifer Hoheisel will lead the discussion. This event is sponsored by Parents of Autistic Children Together.

 

 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Civic Hall, Blackwood 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 as well as a prominent advocate for autism awareness and the humane treatment of animals. Professor Jennifer Hoheisel will lead the discussion.

 

 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24, The Forum, Blackwood Campus: “A Basic Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders” with Professor Jennifer Hoheisel, who is the parent of a child with autism and the president of Parents of Autistic Children Together. Her talk will introduce ASD concepts and emphasize the strengths and challenges of people with ASDs. It also will aim to equip teachers, family members and friends with strategies to meet some of the needs of students with ASDs.

 

 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Camden Conference Center, Camden City Campus: Screening and discussion of the film “Rain Man,” which won the 1988 Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Actor and introduced many viewers to behaviors common in those who have autism. Professor Jennifer Hoheisel will lead the discussion. This event is sponsored by Parents of Autistic Children Together.

 

 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Civic Hall, Blackwood Campus: Screening and discussion of the film “Adam,” which stars Hugh Dancy as a man with the ASD known as Asperger’s syndrome. This event is sponsored by Parents of Autistic Children Together.

 

 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Civic Hall, Blackwood Campus: “An Evening with John Robison,” who has the ASD known as Asperger’s syndrome and is the author of Look Me in the Eye and Be Different. The entrepreneurial game designer, band technician, guitar creator and car-restoration company owner will speak about his journey through life. This event is sponsored by Parents of Autistic Children Together and the YALE School.

 

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.

 

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: September 28, 2011