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 www.eiu.edu/

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 www.eiu.edu/commdis.

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.