Speaker, Panel Kick Off National Autism Awareness Month Events

Jan Doody, director of community resources for People with Autism, will speak on “Autism and the Community: Relationships, Supports, and Meaningful Participation” on Thursday, April 3 at 6 p.m. in Mahar Auditorium as part of National Autism Awareness Month.

A panel will respond to the topic prior to a question-and-answer session with the audience. The panelists are:

·      Karen Cahalane, a certified and licensed speech pathologist of the May Institute with over 15 years of experience working with children that have ASD and developmental disabilities

·      Katharine Moroney, a student pursuing an M.A. in communication disorders with a speech-language pathology concentration

·      Douglass Eddy, aPh.D. candidate in mechanical engineering with 20 years of experience working in the engineering industry who is affiliated as a member of Building Autistic Communities

·      Lyndsey Nunes, inclusive concurrent enrollment program coordinator at Westfield State University

Hosted by Autism Speaks U and the department of communication disorders, the event is sponsored by associate professor Mary Andrianopoulos in the department of communication disorders with a grant she received from the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education.