Ford Hall Forum Presents "Autism and Our Community"


The Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents Susan M. Wilczynski and Brenda Myles Smith discussing "Autism and Our Community: Critical Questions Surrounding One of Today’s Greatest Healthcare Challenges" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple St., Boston.

The United States has seen a recent surge in the number of children diagnosed with autism, with one of every 150 children affected by the disorder. 

Wilczynski, Ph.D., BCBA, executive director of the National Autism Center, and Myles Smith, Ph.D., author and consultant with the Ziggurat Group, join James T. Brett, president & CEO of the New England Council and chair of the Governor’s Commission on Developmental Disabilities to discuss where they see the greatest hope for treatment in autism and what we can do as a society to address this urgent public health issue.

The program is presented in collaboration with the National Autism Center.

The Ford Hall Forum is the nation’s oldest free public lecture series. It promotes freedom of speech and fosters an informed and effective citizenry through events that illuminate the key issues facing our society.

The forum presents knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers, including some of the most controversial opinion leaders of our times, in settings that facilitate frank and open debate.


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