by Pamela Young, Published January 26, 2012
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University's Autism Collaborative Center (ACC) will offer additional sessions of "Autism 101," a free class for prospective volunteers or those who want to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
The sessions are scheduled Thursday, Feb. 9, 4-5:30 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 10, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Center, 1055 Cornell Road, Fletcher school building, in Ypsilanti. Participants only need to sign up for one class.
More than 100 people attended the previous three classes, which were held in January at the Center.
"The trainings have been wonderful, said Sally Burton Hoyle, professor of special education, who conducted the training. "We have had interested students, faculty, parents of persons with ASD and even a local principal of a private school."
Classes are open to anyone with an interest in autism or the Center, said Burton Hoyle. Participants will learn basic information about ASD; truths and common myths; characteristics of persons on the spectrum (socialization, communication and behavioral excesses and deficits); the medical diagnosis; educational eligibility for services; and general practices to be used in the home, school and community.
"I hope our trainings will continue to meet the needs of our community and the region at large," Burton Hoyle said. "Our mission is to provide service to the community while educating our students in ASD."
To register for a session, sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autism Spectrum Disorders occur in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups, and on average, boys are more affected than girls, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Approximately 13 percent of these children will have a developmental disability, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy and autisms.
The Autism Collaborative Center provides comprehensive services to persons with autism and their families; trains Eastern Michigan students in areas of national shortages; continues research in the effectiveness of various interventions, and serves as a community research center.