CENTER FOR AUTISM TO PROVIDE TRAINING, GUIDANCE TO CHILDREN, ADULTS AND FAMILIES

Written by Michael Castellon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Oct. 20, 2005
CONTACT: Michael Castellon, m.castellon@ttu.edu


LUBBOCK - Children, adults and families affected by autism now have a new and innovative resource that will allow them to seek guidance, training and education.

Texas Tech University College of Education officials have announced the opening of The Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research, which will offer training and individual and small group consultations for individuals affected by autism, as well as their families and educators.

The center’s opening will be marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m. in room 152 of the College of Education.

The center is open to people of all ages, and its services are provided free of charge.

“We want to improve quality of life issues for people who appear on the Autism spectrum, their families and their educators,” said Dr. Robin Lock, co-director of the center. “Parents, families and teachers often have so many questions and are confused about how to manage or learn more about Autism, and that’s what this center is here to assist them with.”

The center’s goal is to build a knowledge and skill base for parents, students, and faculty working with students with autism and disseminate that knowledge and skills to parents and educators.

“Autism hasn’t been aggressively studied until about 15 years ago, so those with loved ones on the autism spectrum often need as much support and as many resources as they can get,” said Dr. Carol Ann Layton, co-director of the center.

Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects an individual in the areas of social interaction and communication. Autism affects each individual differently and to varying degrees of severity. As many as 1.5 million Americans are thought to have autism.

Those interested in consultations should contact The Jim and Jere Lynn Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research, (806) 742-1997.

CONTACT: Robin Lock, co-director of the Jim and Jere Lynn Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research, (806) 742-1997, ext. 288, robin.lock@ttu.edu

Carol Ann Layton, co-director of the Jim and Jere Lynn Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research, (806) 742-1997, ext. 286, carol.layton@ttu.edu

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