News Sections
City of Bloomington To Sponsor Autism aAwareness Education Program
Updated May 5, 2013 1:09 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
 Print    Archive    RSS

(BLOOMINGTON) - The City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department is sponsoring an autism program from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22 at City Hall, 401 N. Morton St., in the Council Chambers.

Four panelists will discuss autism from the perspective of a care provider, an educator, a researcher and a counselor.

The panelists are Dan Kennedy, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University; Fritz Kruggel, a behavior analyst and clinician; Cathy Pratt, director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at Indiana University and Mari Shawcroft, behavior and support services manager at Stonebelt ARC. LifeDesigns CEO Susan Rinne will moderate the event.

Almost one in 88 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from the Center for Disease Control's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. ASDs are five times more common in boys (1 in 54) than in girls (1in 252). The latest analysis, from a 2008 survey, shows autism diagnoses have risen 23 percent since 2006 and 78 percent since 2002. ASDs occur in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Data from local school and federal public health officials suggest that children in Monroe County are diagnosed with autism at nearly double the national rate.

Please join us to learn about new directions in autism care and research. This event is free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

« Previous Article
Next Article »

 Print    Archive    RSS

Have a question or comment about a news story? Send it to

Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW
Find more about Weather in Bedford, IN
Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW

1340 AM WBIW, Bedford's Place To Talk. Serving Lawrence and surrounding counties since 1948!

© 2018 Ad-Venture Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. and Listen Live Powered by HPC

Advertise  |  Careers  |  Contests  |  About  |  Feedback  |  Public File