by Pamela Young, Published January 13, 2012
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University's Autism Collaborative Center (ACC) will offer the class, "Autism 101," for prospective volunteers or those who want to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
The free sessions are scheduled Wednesday, Jan. 18, 4-5:30 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 19; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Jan. 21, 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.
"These classes are open to anyone with an interest in autism or the Center," said Sally Burton Hoyle, professor of special education, who will conduct the training. "It's a great opportunity to learn about the Autism Collaborative Center, its services and Autism Spectrum Disorders."
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 used in the home, school and community.
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.