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March 31, 2015

Fanshawe students host autism awareness day on April 2.

Thursday, April 2, 2015, marks the eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Each year on this day, world autism organizations celebrate with awareness-raising events and unique fundraising ideas. An estimated 100,000 Ontarians have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


In an effort to raise awareness and reduce the stigma attached to autism, students in Fanshawe's Autism and Behavioural Science post-graduate program and Autism Ontario will host an information fair on World Autism Awareness Day. The event will culminate with an Easter egg hunt, crafts and a dinner for individuals with ASD and their families, hosted by Autism Ontario and the Fanshawe Student Union.

Faculty expert, Julie Knights-Thomson is available to speak to the media about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from both a professional and personal perspective. She has a Master of Social Work and is a graduate of Fanshawe's Autism and Behaviour Science program. As the program coordinator for the Autism and Behavioural Science program, she teaches and oversees 80 students. She is also the parent of a 13-year-old boy who was diagnosed with ASD at two and a half years of age.

This event is open to the media.

Events list:

Event: Information fair with students from Fanshawe's Autism and Behavioural Science program
Time: 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Forwell Hall

Event: Family dinner and events
Time: 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m
Location: Forwell Hall

Backgrounder: Fanshawe's Autism and Behavioural Science program

Students in this one-year graduate program will develop advanced knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and awareness of effective intervention techniques through two field placements and academic study. Graduates have highly specialized areas of knowledge in ASD and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to design and implement behaviour strategies, understand evidence-based treatments for individuals with ASD, collect and analyze data, and work with and train families on implementing behavioural strategies.