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Marian University to host 7th Annual Dr. Darold A. Treffert lecture series April 22
March 05, 2014

Estimates vary, but about one in 88 children in the United States have an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Autism is more prevalent in boys than girls, with four to five times as many boys affected than girls.

While the cause of autism remains unknown, research suggests that multiple factors play a role, including genetics.

Marian University will be presenting an evening focused on the strengths of individuals with disabilities and sharing insight into individuals and families dealing with autism during its seventh annual Dr. Darold A. Treffert lecture series from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 at the Stayer Center, 45 S. National Avenue in Fond du Lac.

“Celebrating the Strengths of Individuals with Disabilities: Beyond the Boundaries of Autism” will feature several local experts, as well as firsthand experiences from parents and students.

The free event will feature a panel discussion with the following local professionals, including: Matt Doll, PhD, Agnesian Autism, Behavior & Communication Center (AABCC); Vivian Hazel, MSE, LPC, Agnesian Beyond Boundaries of Autism (BBA); John “Chin” Klein, a special education teacher for Oak Creek Public Schools, Life Navigators’ 2012 Challenger award winner and Master’s graduate of Marian University; and Elizabeth Stroede, a special education adjunct faculty member of Marian University and special education teacher at North Fond du Lac School District.

Insight will also shared by Cindy Baumgartner, parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder; and student Mikayla Wankowski, winner of the 2012 Autism Society of Wisconsin Autism Awareness Essay Contest. She wrote the winning essay “Growing Up Together” about her friendship with Rachel Yurske, who has autism.

The event is open to the public. While walk-ins are welcome, preregistration is appreciated to ensure seating. Register on-line at https://www.marianuniversity.edu/News-and-Events/Special-Events/Treffert-Lecture-Series/Dr--Treffert-Series-Registration-Form

Professional development credits are available. This event is sponsored by the Alpha Delta Theta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.

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