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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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Kenyan Drake on ‘Miami Miracle’: ‘I couldn’t let Gronk tackle me’

first_img NFL Week 14 Blitz Read: Saints clinch second straight NFC South title with win over Buccaneers IT’S A MIAMI MIRACLE! #FinsUp#NEvsMIA pic.twitter.com/qvzsiI9a5g— NFL (@NFL) December 9, 2018Drake told reporters: “That was the last part of the play that was scripted, when I got the pitch. It was sandlot football.”It was just me and Gronk. I couldn’t let Gronk tackle me in that situation. I said, ‘Look, sorry Gronk,’ he’s a great player but I got somewhere to be.”It’s just something that we practice every Saturday in walkthroughs. Obviously in a situation you never know what will happen, it was just by the grace of God we were able to hold our composure and just make a play.”Asked if there was a moment during the play he realized a touchdown was possible, Drake replied: “Until I got in the end zone. “Honestly, I’m still sitting before you all and I still don’t believe it. I just saw it was Gronk in front of me and I said, ‘I’ve got somewhere to be’ — I had to get in the end zone.”I’ve literally given an arm and a leg to this game. I can’t explain this feeling but i love this game. Fall down a thousand times. Rise to the occasion. All glory above— Kenyan Drake™ (@KDx32) December 10, 2018Quarterback Tannehill hailed the fight in the Dolphins (7-6) after a victory that kept them in the playoff hunt as he gave his take on an emotional moment.”The play kind of got messed up,” he said. “I saw Kenyan there, I said [to Parker], ‘Pitch it! Pitch it!’ “He pitches it, Kenyan came back inside. Then I saw him and [Gronkowski] about 10 yards away. I said, ‘Gronk’s on the field? We got this!’ “Drake runs a 4.3 [40-yard dash] and Gronk probably runs a 4.6 or 4.7. We feel good about that matchup.”So, yeah, it was pretty amazing. I was following behind and I actually just turned around and collapsed just with the emotion of the whole thing.”There’s no quit in me. There’s no quit in this locker room.”WEEK 14 WIN.#FinsUp pic.twitter.com/EuojCCEFEY— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 10, 2018Tannehill revealed that the Dolphins had practiced that specific play as recently as Friday, scoring against the scout team, and coach Adam Gase confirmed to reporters the play had worked exactly as it was drawn up. Rams coach Sean McVay humbled by Bears: ‘This loss is on me’ Kenyan Drake says there was no way he was going to let Rob Gronkowski tackle him and prevent a game-winning touchdown that became the “Miami Miracle” against the Patriots.The Dolphins running back was still in disbelief after his team stunned its AFC East rivals on the final play Sunday, recording a 34-33 home victory courtesy of a 69-yard two-lateral play as time expired.center_img Quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed a pass to Kenny Stills, who pitched to fellow wide receiver DeVante Parker as the crowd began to realize a stunning finish was possible, despite the last-ditch play rarely generating success.Parker then found Drake, who cut inside from the right sideline and did the rest in a 52-yard burst into the end zone, helped by some crucial blocks as the final act saw him beat Gronkowski — the star Patriots tight end who was in on defense for the play — prompting wild celebrations by players and fans alike. Related News He said: “They executed it! We have got to have something for those type of situations. We work on it every Friday and Saturday.”It’s boring because you might go three years without calling one of them. But these guys stuck with it, especially this year, and they executed that one for sure.” And Stills was aware he had been part of a play that will live long in the memory: “The ‘Miami Miracle’ sounds nice.”last_img read more