BSU to Host Autism Symposium

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Ball State University will host what it calls Indiana's first symposium designed to meet the needs of college students with autism. The school says the number of college students affected by the disorder is increasing. September 11, 2014

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MUNCIE, Ind. -- A contingent of educators from Ball State University is hosting the state's first autism symposium aimed at meeting the needs of today's college students who are on the spectrum. "At present, there are no conferences solely focused on the issue of autism in higher education,” said Assistant Professor of English Darolyn “Lyn” Jones, one of the organizers of the event. "We hope to make Ball State a leader in this field and to continue the conversation on an annual basis."

Jones said the population of college students on the spectrum is increasing as the number of young adults diagnosed with disorders such as Asperger's syndrome, PDD-NOS, and autism grows. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 88 children have a diagnosis on the spectrum.

Keynoting the Sept 26 event will be David McIntosh, Ball State's David and Joanna Meeks Distinguished Professor of Special Education. McIntosh co-leads Ball State's nationally recognized autism and applied behavioral analysis (ABA) degree programs with Susan Wilczynski, Plassman Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis, who used to direct the National Autism Center.

For more information: http://cms.bsu.edu/news/articles/2014/9 /ball-state-announces-first-autism-symposium

Source: Ball State University