Burkhart Center for Autism Hosting Community Connections Event

Individuals with disabilities and their families will be able to learn about opportunities with their service providers.

WHAT:           Community Connections event sponsored by The Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research at Texas Tech University

WHEN:           10 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 19)

WHERE:         The Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research, 2902 18th St., Lubbock
EVENT:          Community Connections allows individuals with disabilities and their families to connect with service providers in West Texas. Providers from a wide array of disciplines will be on hand to meet with families and answer questions about their services while sharing their experiences with other individuals with disabilities.

The event is open to the public and there is no charge. It is sponsored by the Burkhart Center and Texas Tech’s Skyviews Restaurant.

Childcare is available for children registered before Saturday. To register for childcare, email Heather Garcia at heather.a.garcia@ttu.edu.

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CONTACT: Lauren Brownell, director of communications and public relations, College of Education, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-5188 or lauren.brownell@ttu.edu.

The Burkhart Center

The Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research

The Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research is part of the College of Education and is the premier center in Lubbock for research, education and assistance for families affected by autism.

Research at the center covers three major aspects: developing strategies for the preparation of teachers to meet the needs of students, examining ways to develop parent support networks and preparing individuals with autism as they transition from school to adult services.

The Transition Academy, the center’s flagship program, is home to about 15 teenagers and young adults who have an autism spectrum disorder. They come to campus Monday through Friday to learn job and life skills, including how to live independently, and many have jobs through partnerships with campus and community organization.

The Burkhart Center is named for Jim and Jere Lynn Burkhart in honor of their grandson Collin.

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