Conference on Asperger's, autism at ISU

March 8 2007

Indiana State University’s department of social work, in conjunction with Hamilton Center Inc. and the Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education, is sponsoring a day-long conference on March 14 in Hulman Memorial Student Union in Dede I, II, and III, on the following important topics:

• Asperger’s Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder (8:30-11:45 a.m.)
• Service Providers - Serving Customers with Disabilities (8:30-11:45 a.m.)
• Ensuring Access for Students, Faculty, Staff and Visitors with Disabilities (1-4:15 p.m.)
• Exiting the Shame Train (1-4:15 p.m.)

"Asperger's Disorder & Autism Spectrum Disorder" and "Exiting the Shame Train" will be presented by Dena Gassner. Gassner is the second of three generations of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder in her family. She has survived multiple misdiagnoses and resulting disabling pharmaceutical institutionalization. She also has survived mistaken labels including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), bi-polar, depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). With her son, Patrick, she is a politically active advocate for persons with disabilities in her home state of Kentucky.

"Service Providers: Serving Customers with Disabilities" and "Ensuring Access for Students, Faculty, Staff and Visitors with Disabilities" will be presented by Robin Jones, director of Great Lakes ADA Center at the University of Chicago.

Continuing education hours will be available to marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, psychologists, and social workers who attend and turn in completed evaluations at the end of each session.

Cost: $75.00 (Faculty, staff, and students at ISU may attend at no charge)
Registration is from 8-8:30 a.m.
To pre-register, contact:
Department of Social Work, Erickson Hall, Terre Haute, IN 47809;
Phone: 812-237-3611; Fax: 812-237-8441;
E-mail: aroy2@isugw.indstate.edu
Registration and Conference information can be found at: www.indstate.edu/socwork/conferences.htm

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CONTACT: Peggy Weber, assistant professor and field coordinator for social work, Indiana State University, (812) 237-8786 or pweber@indstate.edu

WRITER: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu

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ISU's department of social work, in conjunction with Hamilton Center Inc. and the Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education, is sponsoring a day-long conference Asperger's Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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