In recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, Mercer University’s Tift College of Education and the Autism Center of Navicent Health partner to offer the community the Autism Spring Symposium. The symposium offers knowledge, training, and resources to children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
“I am elated that the Tift College of Education at Mercer University is partnering with Navicent Health and its Autism Center. Our symposium will bring together experts in the field from a variety of disciplines working together to provide resources, instruction and services. Our partnership represents a unique community-based integrative response by sharing hope and help with children and their families affected by autism,” said Dr. Jim Barta, Dean of the Tift College of Education.
Guest speakers discuss education initiatives, clinical research, and early diagnoses. Participants are invited to tour the Autism Center of Navient Health.
“Our goal to promote the earliest possible screening, diagnosis and intervention, with evidence-based treatment, so children with Autism Spectrum Disorder may reach their full potential in life. A well-informed parent becomes an even more effective advocate for their child, leading to greater access to important ASD support services,” said Tripp Ritchie, Director of Autism Center of Navicent Health.
ASD is a developmental disorder that can cause social, communication and behavioral challenges. According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 68 children in the U.S. have been identified with ASD, a disorder that affects all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
The Tift College of Education will be offering an Autism Endorsement for certified teachers beginning Spring 2017.