Loras AutismAwareness

Autism Resources Connect Event to Celebrate the Ability of ASD

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Current studies support that one in 66 children have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Despite the findings, resources to aid families can be difficult to find without the proper support system.

Members of the Loras College Senior Honors Group have researched this subject matter and prepared for project implementation over the last three years and are prepared to leave an impact on those affected, starting with “Autism Resources Connect”, an event to help bring awareness and resources to those families affected by ASD.

“Autism Resources Connect” will be hosted on Saturday, April 6 in the Marie Graber Ballroom inside the Alumni Campus Center from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will open with a keynote address by Lynn Gallagher, Ed.D., Director of Disability Services at Loras College, titled, “Autism, Ability over Disability”. Gallagher oversees the Autism Resources for Career and Higher Education

Community resources such as Families First Counseling, Hills and Dales and Unified will be in attendance and will engage in a panel discussion in addition to one-on-one conversations to connect with families who could benefit from their services.

The event will conclude with time to talk to resources individually and connect with other families with loved ones affected with ASD.

Those interested can RSVP online, loras.edu/ARC-Event

For more information, contact Kayla Thompson, kayla.thompson@loras.edu

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2018, Loras was the highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 13th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).