Campus to ‘go blue’ to raise autism awareness

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Rowan University will “go blue” for a good cause from March 31-April 6 when the University marks its third annual Autism Awareness Week.

During an opening ceremony on Monday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of Campbell Library on Route 322, five Rowan buildings will be lit in blue as part of the international “Light It Up Blue” initiative to spread awareness about autism.

The five buildings to be enveloped in blue on Rowan’s campus include: Campbell Library, South Jersey Tech Park, Bunce Hall, the greenhouse and Hollybush. College of Education Professor Theresa Cone will speak at the opening ceremony.

Autism Awareness Week, which included an awareness walk and resource fair on Saturday, March 29, continues on Friday, April 4, with “Teaching All of Your Students, Including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” a faculty discussion at 10:50 a.m. in Room 3091B of James Hall.

College of Education professors Amy Accardo and Diane Doorman will discuss the basics of differentiated instruction, while Writing Arts Professor Marie Flocco will present “Autism Spectrum Disorders in the College Composition Classroom.”

Autism Awareness Week wraps up on Saturday, April 5, with an Autism Awareness Benefit from 8-11 p.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center. Presented by the Italian American Club, the Academic Success Center, Disability Resources and the College of Education, the semi-formal event will include hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing. Tickets are $5 in advance; $10 the day of the benefit.

For information on Autism Awareness Week, contact John Woodruff at woodruff@rowan.edu or 856-256-4234.
 

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