Explorations of WMU research on autism, mobility open to public

Contact: Cheryl Roland

KALAMAZOO, Mich—Two morning-long sessions exploring Western Michigan University research and service efforts on the topics of autism and mobility will take place Friday, Feb. 23, at the Fetzer Center.

Both sessions begin at 9 a.m. and are part of the University's daylong Spring Convocation activities. The free public sessions last until 11:30 a.m.

The Discovery Symposium on Autism will take place in 1040-50 Fetzer Center and will feature opening remarks by Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. The session will focus on more than half a century of WMU's successful behavior analysis approach to the treatment of autism. Speakers at the event will focus on the full range of issues, from early detection and intervention to services for K-12 students, college students, adults and senior citizens.

The Discovery Symposium on Mobility is scheduled for the Fetzer Center's Putney Auditorium. Opening remarks will be made by state Sen. Margaret O'Brien. Topics covered in the mobility symposium will include the work of WMU's Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities, pedestrian safety at unmarked crossings, mobility for people with visual impairments, safety issues for older adults, telepresence and access equity public health resources.

The symposia are part of the University's "Spring Convocation: Recognition of Discovery, Diversity and Global Engagement." The day's activities will include workshops, a recognition luncheon and an afternoon awards ceremony.

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