Life On The Autism Spectrum: Home and Community

Category: Lectures & Discussions

Event Date:

Thursday, April 6, 2017


3:30 pm


University of Toledo Carlson Library
The University of Toledo
2801 Bancroft Street

Toledo, OH 43606

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GENERAL EVENT NOTICE: Due to recent concern over the spread of the corona virus, suggests confirming with the actual organizers that this event is still proceeding as planned.

Event Details:

The University of Toledo Libraries in partnership with Student Disability Services and the UT Disability Studies Program is shining the spotlight on adult autism through a month-long program of free, public events beginning Thursday, March 16 ahead of Autism Awareness Month in April.

UT teamed up with Bittersweet Farms and the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio to focus on challenges adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder face as they transition out of high school and into the community, including housing, employment, health care, transportation, financial management and social and leisure supports.

“Life on the Autism Spectrum: Home and Community” features a four-part lecture series, an art show of works created by adults with autism, and a fundraiser.

Events in the month-long adult autism programming include:

 Thursday, March 16

  • Bittersweet Farms lecture by executive director Vicki Obee, board member Jane Atwood and resident Ben DeVorss titled “Neurodiversity and Community Synergies: The Efficacy of Bittersweet Farms and Preserving a Spectrum of Choices for Adults with Autism,” from 7 to 9 p.m. on the fifth floor of Carlson Library.

  • Bittersweet Farms fundraiser featuring artwork and crafts created by Bittersweet residents, from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first floor concourse of Carlson Library.

 Wednesday, March 22

  • Lecture by Linell Weinburg, executive director of the Northwest Ohio Autism Society, and Kristy Rothe, chair of the Family Advisory Council at ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital, titled “Creating a Compassionate Community: A Dialogue for Autism,” from noon to 1 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

 Thursday, March 30

  • Lecture by Enjie Hall, director of campus accessibility and student disability services, and Dr. Jim Ferris, professor and Ability Center Endowed Chair in Disability Studies, titled “Autism, Culture and Higher Education,” 11 a.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

 Thursday, April 6

  • Two visiting scholars, who are professors with autism, will give a lecture titled “Autistic People Speak Back: A Conversation with Professors Ibby Grace and Melanie Yergeau.” Dr. Melanie Yergeau, assistant professor of English at the University of Michigan, and Dr. Elizabeth Grace, assistant professor of education at National Louis University, will speak 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 6 in Carlson Library Room 1005.

 An exhibit of Bittersweet artwork, artifacts, photos and murals will be on display from Sunday, March 12 through Thursday, April 6 on the fifth floor of Carlson Library. Library materials relevant to the series of lecture topics also will be on display during that same period.

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