Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome Topics of Feb. 12 Presentations

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Jan. 23, 2008 – “Living and Learning with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome” will be the topic of two presentations in February sponsored by the Southeast Regional Professional Development Center (SE RPDC) at Southeast Missouri State University.

Speaking at the presentations will be Taylor Crowe, who as a preschooler was diagnosed with severe autism and now, at the age of 26, has graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a degree in character animation; his father, David Crowe; and Jana Rodgers, an educator in the life of Taylor Crowe and his family.

The first presentation is planned for 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 12 in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. The cost is $10 and pre-registration is required. The second workshop, titled “Parents and Families: Living and Learning with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome” is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. Parents, family and community members, and service providers are invited to this presentation by Taylor Crowe with his father, David Crowe and Rodgers. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is suggested. To pre-register for either presentation, visit http://www4.semo.edu/rpdc.

Taylor Crowe, 26 years old, graduated last May from the California Institute of the Arts with a degree in Character Animation. As a preschooler, Taylor was diagnosed with severe autism. In the years of public schooling and intense therapy that followed, an extraordinary young man emerged. Taylor’s presentation will touch on those areas of his education and upbringing that had the greatest influence on him, vividly describing his evolution from a child given virtually no hope by the physician who diagnosed him to a grade school student who showed occasional glimmers of promise to an artistically gifted high school student surrounded by caring friends to a refreshingly independent young adult who recently completed his studies at one of the premier art schools in the world. You will also have the privilege of hearing from David Crowe address the process of learning to become a parent of a child with autism and share insights about lessons learned. Additionally, Jana Rodgers, an educator in the life of Taylor and his family, will address the educational services and supports she provided while Taylor was going through school as his speech and language pathologist. This promises to be an unforgettable presentation.  

Both presentations are sponsored by the Southeast Regional Professional Development Center, Southeast Missouri State University Department of Education, the Sigma Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honors Society and Southeast Missouri Hospital Generations Family Resource Center. 

For more information on the presentations, call (573) 651-5161.