SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College will again observe Autism Awareness Month with a program titled “Autism Awareness and Acceptance,” scheduled April 13-21 on campus.
The schedule is completely coordinated by students of Professor Rachel Mann Rosan in the course titled “PS 212B: Developmental Disabilities and Autism.” Each year Rosan assigns her students the task of developing programming for the community to increase awareness about autism, including research and services that are available in the region.
All events are free and open to the public.
Schedule of Events
Monday, April 13th at 6:30 p.m.
Susan Parrillo, Philosophy & Religion, Skidmore College
Philosophical Perspectives on Autism Spectrum Disorder
Susan Parrillo will discuss various philosophical perspectives of ASD from the perspective of the philosophy of disability.
Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m.
Valerie Bolivar, Ph.D., Wadsworth Center
Using Mouse Models to Test Hypotheses about the Etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dr. Bolivar will discuss the current research on her laboratory examining autism-relevant behaviors in a variety of inbred strains of mice (e.g., BTBR T+ Itpr3tf/J, C57BL/6J, FVB/NJ).
Wednesday, April 15th at 6:30 p.m.
Beth McLaughlin, MSE, LCAT, MT-BC & Karli Powers, MAT, Wildwood School
Infusing the Arts in Learning with Students on the Autism Spectrum
Attendees will learn how music & the visual arts are used collaboratively at the Wildwood School to engage students in experiences that enrich their learning while reinforcing academic, social, motor, & management skills.
Thursday, April 16th at 6:15 p.m.
Julie Marks, Tara Ham, Loretta Longo, Laureen Faulkner, Sue Reiter
Panel Discussion with Parents
A panel presentation of parents sharing their stories of raising and loving children with ASD.
Sunday April, 19th from 12:00 –3:00 p.m.
4th Annual Autism Informational Fair & Carnival
Saratoga Bridges, Inc. & The Parent Network of the Capital Region With The Skidmore College Psychology Department
Presented by: The Law Office of Wilcenski & Pleat, PLLC
Saratoga Springs City Center
Monday April 20th at 6:15 p.m.
Eric Olefson, Therase Faulkner, Melanie Hecker, Marcie Reiter
What is it Like to Have ASD?
Individuals with ASD will speak frankly about their experiences regarding all facets of life and their perspectives
Tuesday April 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Wretches & Jabberers
Growing up, two men with ASD, Tracy Thresher & Larry Bissonnette were presumed “retarded” & excluded from normal school. Now able to communicate by typing, Thresher & Bissonnette put a new face of autism as they travel and meet others with autism in Sri Lanka, Japan, & Finland