News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 28, 2013

Fall autism conference coming up at Eastern Illinois

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A fall autism conference is planned for Oct. 3 and 4 on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

David Finch will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3, at Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, on how he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome five years after his marriage, and how he has since committed himself to relentless self-improvement, sometimes to a comical extent.

Finch is a humorist and author of the acclaimed New York Times best-selling memoir, “The Journal of Best Practices.”

Tickets for his presentation are $10 and can be obtained at

doudna or by calling 217-581-3110.

Dr. Timothy Kowalski, a speech-language pathologist specializing in social-pragmatic communication deficits and an internationally known expert on Asperger’s syndrome, will present from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 in the University Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union.

He is the author of five books and was named the recipient of the 2010 clinician of the year award by the Florida Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

This workshop is approved for five hours of continuing education credit from ASHA.

Registration is $50 for professionals and the general public, $15 for students. It includes lunch. For registration information, go to

Both of these events are part of the EIU capital campaign to raise funds for an autism center on the EIU campus.

For more information, contact Sandi Thiele at 217-581-2712 in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences.