June 6 , 2007 Press Release

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Institute on Disability to Offer Summer Workshop on Autism

Durham, N.H. – The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire will be presenting the ninth annual Autism Summer Institute August 13 -16 on the UNH campus in Durham. This year’s four-day Institute, “Raising Expectations: Presuming Competence,” is open to anyone interested in learning more about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) from experts on the subject including persons living with ASD. Topics will include strategies to help support the full participation of students in general education classrooms as well as exploring ways individuals with ASD can improve the quality and independence of their everyday lives.

This year’s Autism Summer Institute promises keynote presenters alongside some of the IOD’s most knowledgeable staff members. Expert keynote presentations will be offered by Ros Blackburn, a lecturer from England living with autism; Jamie Burke, a Syracuse University student with autism and advocate for Facilitated Communication; CarolAnn Edscorn, a local mother with Asperger Syndrome; and Donna Williams, celebrated international public speaker, author, and autism consultant from Australia.

In addition to the keynote presentations, participants will benefit from frequent opportunities to interact and discuss strategies in smaller, more informal workgroup settings.

The goal of the Autism Summer Institute is to provide perspectives which focus on students’ strengths in order to improve the quality of education in inclusive settings. Participants will gain skills and knowledge that will help support the full participation of students with ASD in their schools and communities.

The fee to attend the four-day Autism Summer Institute is $399 per person. Discounts for full-time students, individuals with ASD and their families as well as individuals interested in attending keynote presentations only are also available. For more information or to register online, click here or call (603)228-2084.

The IOD advances policies and systems changes, promising practices, education and research that strengthen communities and ensure full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all persons.