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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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Lady Wildcats Drop Battles With Lady Tigers

first_imgThe Lady Wildcats came out strong winning the first two sets but Lawrenceburg came back strong winning 17-25, 17-25, 25–23, 25-13, 15-10.It was a tough loss to swallow. Kamryn McCool had a great night with 19 kills, 2 blocks, and 2 ace serves. Kayley Schoettelkotte swung well with having 13 kills and 1 block. Taylor McCreary dug 12 balls while Autumn McDaniel had 15 digs. Jenna Orschell had 8 digs and 2 ace serves.The Lady Wildcats are off until next week when they have two home games. Senior night is Thursday night.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Tanya Wirtz.The JV Lady Cats were unable to take the win tonight against Lawrenceburg 25-20, 25-15.We had a great start and somewhere along the way the little mistakes that were made left us unable to recover. Lilli Stewart had 5 kills and 3 aces. Rachel Bischoff and Charlotte Barrett each added 3 kills. We have the weekend off and will return next week with 2 homes games.Tuesday we take on Batesville and Thursday we have Lawrenceburg. Both games begin at 5!! Come out and cheer on your Lady Cats!!!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.last_img read more

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New qualifying format in place for historic 32nd annual Deery Brothers Summer Series

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – A new qualifying format employing passing points will be used at Deery Brothers Summer Series events this season.It’s the first time in the 32-year history of the IMCA Late Model tour that passing points have been used.All heat race winners and the next combination of drivers with the highest passing point totals will comprise the first 12 main event starters, with heat winners redrawing for the front rows.“B” feature grids will be lined up from the remaining high to low point totals. Series point provisionals will be awarded to drivers to drivers not qualifying from their heat or “B.”The upcoming Deery Series opens with the $5,000 to win Rebel 5K at Davenport Speedway on Friday, April 13.last_img read more