Duquesne to Host Autism Awareness Month Events

Throughout the month of April, Duquesne University will hold free events to promote autism awareness to the campus community.

Reservations are required for the following events. To reserve a seat, contact rusnak@duq.edu. Questions? Contact Susan Monahan at 412.396.6642.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | 613 Union
Movie: “Billy the Kid”

This documentary is a provocative, coming-of-age story of 15-year-old Billy who lives a lonely life in small town Maine. “I’m not black, I’m not white, not foreign, just different in the mind. Different brains, that’s all.”

A light lunch will be served. Limited seating.

Sponsored by Dr. Ralph Pearson, Provost.

Monday, April 8, 2013
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. | Power Center Ballroom
Movie: “Temple Grandin”

This HBO Film presentation paints a picture of a young woman’s perseverance and determination while struggling with the isolating challenges of autism at a time when it was still quite unknown.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Africa Room
“Day in the Life”

Student Panel: Discussion will provide real life examples of living with autism.

A light lunch will be served. Limited seating.

Sponsored by Rev. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp., Executive Vice President for Student Life.

Friday, April 12, 2013
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Movie: “Today’s Man”

This movie tells the story of Nicky Gottlieb, who has grown from a genius child into a young man who doesn’t quite fit in the world. At the age of 21 he is diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a high functioning form of autism. Limited seating.

Expert Panel: Dr. Tammy Hughes, Dr. Anne Huang, Dr. Rachel Robertson, Dr. Diane Williams. Discussion will provide tips for working, living and learning alongside individuals with autism.

These programs were made possible through generous donations from Rev. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp., Dr. Ralph Pearson and Academic Deans.