Autism Awareness at Eastern

(From The Campus Lantern – November 13, 2014) 

Jennifer Boylan / Eastern Connecticut State University

Jennifer Boylan / Eastern Connecticut State University

On Tuesday, November 4, the Office of AccessAbility Services (OAS) hosted an Autism Awareness event in the Betty Tipton Room. Peer-mentors (OAS interns) who work with students on campus with autism and forms of social anxiety ran the event; tables were facilitated by the interns, a PowerPoint was presented, and two speeches were given throughout the event. Among the activities that were available for guests were arts and crafts, video games, and trivia. There were also giveaways, such as autism awareness t-shirts, and free food for participants.

The main purpose of the event was to inform the Eastern community on autism and to promote the services that the OAS offers. The OAS is located below Health Services on campus and its “services are designed to meet the unique educational needs of students with documented permanent and temporary disabilities such as AD/HD, ASD, learning disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, deafness and hearing impairments, blindness and visual impairments, and physical disabilities.” The office can be contacted at (860) 465-0189.

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