OCC Hosts Autism in the Classroom Panel Discussion

OCC is holding an Autism Spectrum Disorder panel discussion focusing on practical approaches to creating a successful learning environment for students with the disorder.12537 Autism Spectrum Disorder panel

Dr. Janet Graetz, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Child Studies at Oakland University, will moderate the panel, which runs 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, October 10, at the College’s Auburn Hills Campus, Room F123.

The panel will include a student with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the parent of a student with ASD, a member of OCC’s Office of Accessibility Compliance Center & Education Support Services (ACCESS) and a faculty member.

The CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network has identified about 1 in 68 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased 119 percent from 1 in 150 in 2000 to 1 in 68 in 2010. Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability, according to the CDC.

The panel will discuss services OCC’s ACCESS program offers students with ASD.

ACCESS provides accommodations and services to students with a documented disability who have been diagnosed by a qualified, licensed professional who warrants the individuals’ needs for accommodations.

Students in need of special assistance should contact the campus Academic Support Coordinator in the ACCESS Office at their home campus.

OCC’s counseling department provides ACCESS Eligible students with comprehensive counseling services at each campus. An ACCESS Coordinator is available at every campus to help students with accommodations and services.

For more information about the panel discussion, contact Michelle Fether-Samtouni at (248) 232-4019 or mdsamtou@oaklandcc.edu.

The panel is hosted by the College Committee for Diversity and Inclusion.

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