Pulaski Technical College's Political Science and Behavioral Science departments will offer a series of free lectures this month addressing autism.
The lectures will be offered at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays in April, which is designated as Autism Awareness Month. The sessions are offered in partnership with Arkansas Special Children, a support group for parents, grandparents and guardians of children with special needs.Sessions will take place on the following days:
- Tuesday, April 10: "Researching Autism," 7 p.m., U.S. Bank Room in the Information Technology building. Guest speaker is Rachel Bowman, a psychologist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Bowman works with clients with autism and has been involved in home- and school-based interventions, including helping families with behavioral problems associated with autism.
- Tuesday, April 17: "Living with Autism," 7 p.m., R.J. Wills Lecture Hall, on the second floor of the Campus Center. Speakers include Mills University Studies High School student Jessica "Jazz" Summers, who is a member of the National Honor Society and has received numerous academic and artistic awards. She has autism. Co-presenter is Lynley Summers, an advocate for people with autism who has represented Arkansas before the U.S. Congress on autism issues. She is the author of Autism is Not a Life Sentence.
- Tuesday, April 24: "Policymaking and Autism" will feature a several Arkansas legislators and begins at 7 p.m. in the R.J. Wills Lecture Hall. Participants include Rep. Sandra Prater (D-Jacksonville), Rep. Johnny Hoyt (D-Morrilton). Rep. Dawn Creekmore (D-Hensley), Rep. David Johnson (D-Little Rock), Sen. Gene Jeffress (D-Louann), Sen. Mary Ann Salmon (D-North Little Rock), and former Arkansas Speaker of the House Bill Stovall, who is now administrative assistant for the Arkansas House of Representatives.
"As these children enter school, we need to educate educators about autism so that we may better serve students," said Dr. Dan F. Bakke, Pulaski Technical College president.
For more information, contact Johnny Dollar, chairman of the Social Science Department at (501) 812-2353 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.