Asperger’s Syndrome Symposium


Jane Thierfeld Brown and Lorraine Wolfe, two of the leading national authorities on autism and Asperger's Syndrome, will speak about the impact of these disorders on higher education from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2008, at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston.

Brown, director of student services at the University of Connecticut School of Law, and Wolfe, director of the Office of Disability Services at Boston University, are the authors of A Professional Guide to Students with Asperger's Syndrome in Higher Education, due to be released this fall.

Students with Asperger's Syndrome and autism spectrum disorders have been seen in increasing numbers and pose unique challenges on college campuses. This workshop will give participants a working knowledge of the autism spectrum and provide best practices in higher education.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • recognizing and understanding the symptoms and transition issues
  • appropriate academic accommodations and documentation
  • discuss social issues and need for social skills
  • residential life situations and possible solutions
  • working with faculty on issues in the classroom
  • how to train or increase awareness of the Asperger’s Syndrome population on campus
  • how to work with a student's family

The program is sponsored by Suffolk University Law School Dean of Students Office; NASPA Region I, Disability Concerns Knowledge Community; and the Boston Disability Leadership Consortium.

Registration is required. Please contact Erin Evans, associate director, Dean of Students Office, Suffolk Law School.

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