Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that an average of one in 110 children in the United States has an ASD.
Camden County College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility is committed to providing support to families and educators of children with ASDs. Each semester, the Center presents a variety of autism-related talks at its three campus locations. All are free and open to the public, and professional development credit is available to certified New Jersey educators.
Talks scheduled during the Spring 2012 semester include:
- 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27: “Understanding and Managing Epilepsy at School” with Mark Mintz, president and chief executive officer of the Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health. Civic Hall, Blackwood Campus, College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road, Gloucester Township.
- 6:30 p.m. March 26: “Living, Surviving and Thriving with Autism” with Jennifer Hoheisel, Camden County College professor and parent of a son with autism, moderating a panel of parents and individuals of different ages and with different degrees of ASD. Civic Hall, Blackwood Campus, College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road, Gloucester Township.
- 6:30 p.m. April 3: “Educating First Responders about Autism” with Tia Dix of the Durand Academy & Community Services. William G. Rohrer Center, Route 70 and Springdale Road, Cherry Hill.
- 6:30 p.m. April 23: “A Basic Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders” with Jennifer Hoheisel, Camden County College professor and parent of a son with autism. Camden Conference Center, Camden Technology Center, Camden City Campus, Broadway and Cooper Street, Camden.
- 6:30 p.m. April 30: “Relationship Development Intervention Therapy: Before and After” with certified RDI consultant Kathy Darrow. Forum, Blackwood Campus, College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road, Gloucester Township.
Detailed descriptions of each of the talks can be accessed online at www.camdencc.edu/civiccenter. Additional information also is available or by calling 856-227-7200 ext. 4333.
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