November 4, 2010

Autism Action Partnership's Education Summit

The Autism Action Partnership, located in Omaha, Nebraska, invited Marc Ellison to the mid-west to speak to a gathering of student support professionals from colleges in Nebraska and Iowa. The day-long workshop focused on insights into autism spectrum disorders and the development of strategies for an effective college education.

The attendees were very much aware of the need for specialized college supports, and dedicated to providing effective supports with students who attend their respective colleges.

The people of Nebraska say "hello."

November 2, 2010

MU Parents' Weekend Celebration 2010

Thousands gathered on Marshall University's campus over the weekend to celebrate Homecoming, 2010. Among those celebrating were parents and family members of students supported by the WV ATC's College Support Program for Students with Asperger's Syndrome.

More than one hundred people--students, family members, program staff and university employees--got out of bed early to attend the annual Parents' Weekend Breakfast.

Legal Aid of West Virginia was honored for their work with students supported by the program. LAWV provides a safe, accepting environment in which interns can carry out meaningful work while learning job-related skills.

Students scheduled for graduation in Fall 2010 or Spring 2011 received pins acknowledging their hard work and achievement. Eight students are currently on course to graduate in the time frame.

Jimmy Sanders, a Broadcast Journalism major, entertained the crowd with jokes and impressions, and by hosting our annual Marshall University Trivia game.

The 2010 edition of Parents' Weekend felt successful in large part due to the sense of community and rapport apparent in the room. We at the WV ATC would like to thank all of those who attended to make this a very special occasion.