National Speaker on Autism Coming to Suffield

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How can Suffield understand and make room in our community for young adults on the Autism Spectrum?

Find out December 3 at 6 p.m. as Partnering to Reach Aspirations (PTRA) invites Suffield residents and other interested individuals to sit in on our new Understanding Young Adults with Aspergers/ASD Speaker Series. With nearly 3 percent of Suffield students on the Autism Spectrum, PTRA aims to start making space for recent graduates with ASD in our community.

Jeanne Beard, Founder of the National Autism Academy, speaker, coach, consultant, parent and author from Chicago, Ill., will explain one of the most misunderstood diagnosis of our time, Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD). Ms. Beard will present the topic, “What everyone should know about the simple requirements that support the success of those with autism”.

By raising awareness and providing opportunities for internships, volunteering and employment, our community can benefit from hidden talents and provide our young adults with ASD purpose and independence.

Jeanne Beard’s presentation will be held at Kent Memorial Library and is sponsored by the Amiel P. Zak Community Foundation. Bookmarks with the schedule of future speakers are available at the front desk of Kent Memorial Library. Future speakers include Clinical Psychologist Dr. James Loomis of Glastonbury (February 25), Author and Speaker John Elder Robison (March 25), and a Panel of Young Adults with Asperger’s/ASD (May 19).

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