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Autism Ally Seminar On Oct. 3

Published: October 1, 2013

College campuses across the country are seeing a greater prevalence of students on the autism spectrum and CSULB is no exception.

To address this issue, Disabled Student Services’ (DSS) is offering a new training session called Autism Ally, that will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon. The training is geared toward helping faculty and staff in supporting students on the autism spectrum.

According to DSS autism specialist Nicole Smith, the campus has seen a 300 percent increase in students with autism and Asperger’s syndrome over the past three years.

“Students on the spectrum are getting early intervention and are becoming successful in school to be able to come to college,” said Smith. “It’s our job as faculty and staff to find ways to accommodate all of our students. The training will cover typical student profiles and address instructional strategies to help students be successful on the college campus. It will cover definitions of autism spectrum disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome, how to handle classroom distractions, referring students for services, a student panel and a sensory experience.”

To RSVP for the event, e-mail, or for additional information on autism, including helpful information for faculty, visit the Autism Services webpage on the Disabled Students Services’ website.