Autism Awareness Panel Discusses Spectrum Disorders and Inclusion

By Emily Schienvar

Halfway through National Autism Awareness Month, Washington University’s The Night Off Program sponsored a panel discussion on Tuesday that focused on inclusion for students on the autism spectrum.

Bringing together people with different levels of experience with the issue, the panelists included Michelle Augustin, a professor who has taught “Education and Psychology of Exceptional Children” for the past 9 years; Jon Taulbee, a parent of two children with autism; Gabrielle Kerlick, coordinator of leisure services at the St. Louis Arc; and senior Corinne Char, who has Asperger’s syndrome. Despite the low turnout of only six students, organizers felt the panelists provided valuable information to those present.

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