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Club sponsors autism conference

first_imgNotre Dame’s Special Friends Club will hold its fifth annual Autism Conference on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library.Vanderbilt pediatrics professor and Notre Dame alumna Julie Lounds Taylor will give a talk titled “Understanding the Transition to Adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”Sophomore Thomas Gordon, a member of the Special Friends Club, said Taylor is a leader in examining how people with autism interact with the rest of society.“Dr. Taylor’s research program investigates how individual, family and societal factors interact to promote healthy development, and she is especially interested in how families experience the transition to adulthood for young adults affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),” Gordon said.Gordon said the Special Friends  Club aims to bring speakers to the conference who have made a significant commitment to fighting autism.“The beauty of the Autism Conference is the professionals invited to speak at the event,” he said.“Past speakers have represented a group of individuals who have impacted the knowledge we have of ASD through their research and a lifelong commitment to helping us come closer to understanding ASD.”The Special Friends Club’s president, senior Christina Mondi said our society needs to develop better strategies for supporting autistic individuals and their families.“According to the [Center for Disease Control], roughly 1 [out of] 88 children will be diagnosed with ASD,” Mondi said. “Almost all students will inevitably have a family member, friend, colleague, classmate or neighbor affected by autism. … It is incredibly important that students be aware not only of what autism is, but of how they can play a role in supporting those whose lives and families are affected by it in the classroom, workplace and community. This is not a special interest topic.”The Notre Dame community can help make the transition to adulthood for people with autism smoother, Mondi said.“If individuals with ASD are to reach their fullest potentials as they move into adulthood, they will need the understanding and support of their classmates and community members in doing so,” she said. “This is an area where we, as young college students and emerging professionals, could make a real difference in forging a culture of acceptance for our peers affected by ASD.”The event is open and free for all students. For more information, visit the conference’s website.Tags: Autism conference, Special friends clublast_img read more

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Check the Status of Your Stimulus Check Here

first_imgMillions of Americans should see their coronavirus stimulus money arrive today in the form of a direct deposit to your bank account. The Treasury Department says the $1200 payments will hit the accounts of more than 80-million people. The payments are part of the federal government’s $2-trillion aid package as the pandemic roils the economy. If you have not received your payment…don’t worry.The IRS has launched a website that allows Americans to track the status of their stimulus checks. By the way, your check will contain President Donald Trump’s signature.The IRS “Get My Payment” website tells users when they can expect their $1,200 coronavirus stimulus check, and whether the agency needs more information before they send the check along.The website also tells users if their check has been delivered, and to which bank account it was sent.In order to use the website, users may need their 2019 tax return, if filed, and their 2018 tax return. Users will also need to enter a Social Security Numbers, their date of birth, their address and ZIP code to use the website.The federal government began sending stimulus funds to citizens who have filed direct deposit information with the government earlier this week. Officials who do not have banking information on file may need to wait a few months before a paper check arrives in the mail.Anyone who has not set up direct deposit banking information with the federal government can click here to do so.The following people are eligible for stimulus cash from the federal government.$2,400 – Couples earning less than $150,000 a year (couples earning $150,000 – $198,000 will receive a prorated check).$1,200 – Individuals earning less than $75,000 a year (individuals earning $75,000 – $99,000 will receive a prorated check).$500 – Each dependent child age 16 or under as of Dec. 31, 2019 (for qualifying individuals and couples).For more answers for frequently asked questions about the stimulus program, click here.last_img read more