Jon Lamp, a Huntington, West Virginia native and Education major at Marshall University and Melanie Ague-Beckett, a school counselor at Huntington High (and an adjunct professor of Counseling at Marshall), traveled to Orlando, Florida in mid-July to speak at the annual conference of the Autism Society of America.
Along with Marc Ellison, the Coordinator of the ATC-sponsored support program provided at Marshall University, the group spoke on the topic of college transition.
From High School to College: Providing Successful Supports to Students Making the Transition provided the audience with first person accounts of successful transition, from the perspective of: (a) a student diagnosed with Asperger's Disorder who did make a successful transition, (b) a high school counselor who supports students interested in making that transition, and (c) a college program administrator who provides support once students are accepted into college.
Other staff from the Autism Training Center at Marshall spoke at the conference as well. Educational Specialists Andrew Nelson and Peggy Hovatter, along with parent Richard L. Work, Jr., presented information on Building A Social Skills Club.
The 2008 annual conference was a tremendous success, and we at Marshall were pleased to be a part of it.