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Autism Series Topics Include Social Media, Financial Planning and More


Camden County College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility is committed to providing support to families and educators of children with autism spectrum disorders or ASDs. Each semester, the Center presents a variety of autism-related talks.

“I really appreciated how practical this presentation was,” commented past attendee Margie Cryan. “I am going into school nursing, and I can at least on a small level have some intelligent, helpful input if I am invited to a child study team meeting with an autistic child.”

Scheduled are:

● March 5 at 6:30 p.m.: “Using Social Media to Expand Independence for Adolescents with Autism” with Michele McKeone, high school teacher of students with autism in Philadelphia and founder of Autism Expressed.

● March 12 at 6:30 p.m.: “Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) and the Public Schools” with Kathy Darrow, a certified RDI consultant who has contracts with multiple school districts.

● March 26 at 6:30 p.m.: “Transitioning to Residential Independence for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders” with Dr. Ernst VanBergeijk, dean of the New York Institute of Technology’s Vocational Independence Program.

● April 16 at 6:30 p.m.: “Financial Planning for Parents and Guardians” with Vince DiPietro, Chartered Life Underwriter, and Bruce Sham, Chartered Leadership Fellow.

● April 23 at 6:30 p.m.: “A Basic Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders” with Professor Jennifer Hoheisel of Camden County College.

Each event is free and open to the public. All will be presented in Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus, College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road, Gloucester Township.

Several of these presentations are being offered in partnership with Parents of Autistic Children Together, a support group that is a chapter of the Autism Society of America. New Jersey professional development credit is available to educators who participate in these events.

Further details are available at or (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333.

Published: March 01, 2013