April 12, 2016
Burkhart Walk for Autism Awareness 2015
Registration for the 11th annual Burkhart Walk for Autism Awareness is now open, and organizers are encouraging members of the Lubbock and Texas Tech University communities to show their support.
The free event, which is organized by the Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research at Texas Tech, takes place from 2-4 p.m. April 24 at the John Walker Soccer Complex. Participants can register here.
Burkhart Enterprises, KLBK-TV, KAMC-TV, Parkview Pediatric Dentistry, the Blue Star Foundation and the S.S. Foundation are the leadership sponsors for the event. Walk sponsorships are still available. Contact Susan Voland at (806) 834-1331 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
The Burkhart Center is dedicated to helping people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families live full lives. The center offers education for teachers, research opportunities and events and resources for the ASD community. The Transition Academy, the center’s flagship program, has about 16 area students learning life and job skills. Project CASE is part of a five-year grant to assist students with ASD in earning a college degree.
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.