April 5, 2018

Purdue Autism Cluster to host talk about autism and inclusion

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue Autism Cluster will host professor Ilene Schwartz from the University of Washington to discuss the issues around inclusive early intervention for children with autism on Thursday and Friday (April 5-6).

Schwartz will present a public talk, titled “Autism and Inclusion: Building School Communities that Support All Learners,” at 6 p.m. on April 5 in Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142. She will talk about the importance of inclusion and the challenges and benefits of inclusive education for all children, especially for those with autism spectrum disorder.

Schwartz will also lead a research colloquium for Purdue faculty, staff and students, titled “Project DATA: Collaborating at school to meet the needs of young children with ASD,” at 9 a.m. on Friday (April 6) in Beering Hall, Room 1248. The colloquium will focus on Project DATA (Developmentally Appropriate Treatment for Autism), a school-based program that produces positive outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder.

At Washington, Schwartz is professor of special education and director of the Haring Center for Inclusive Education. She also is director of Project DATA, a model preschool program for children with autism.   

Writer: Olivia Crouse, ocrouse@purdue.edu 

Source: A.J. Schwichtenberg, assistant professor of human development and family studies and co-director of the Purdue Autism Cluster, ajschwichtenberg@purdue.edu

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