Pulaski Technical College's Autism Awareness Speakers Series will conclude next week with the third in the three-part series sponsored by Arkansas Special Children and the PTC Behavioral Science and Political Science departments.
The series concludes Tuesday, April 24, with "Policymaking and Autism," 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.
Pulaski Technical College will also host an Autism Awareness Resource Fair on April 24 on the first floor of the Campus Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The second session, "Living with Autism," was held Tuesday April 17. The event featured Mills University Studies High School student Jessica "Jazz" Summers, who has autism, and Lynley Summers, an advocate for people with autism who has represented Arkansas before the U.S. Congress on autism issues. 158 educators, students and members of the general public attended.
About 150 people attended the first session last Tuesday, April 10, featuring UAMS psychologist Rachel Bowman, who spoke about autism research.
April is national Autism Awareness month. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe issued a proclamation, declaring the same for the state.