Corning Community College raising autism awareness

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Students, staff, and faculty at Corning Community College want you to be curious about autism.

CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - The school hosted an event on Monday giving everyone an opportunity to become more informed about the disorder. 

The school hosted an event on Monday giving everyone an opportunity to become more informed about the disorder.

“People with autism are definitely an integral part of our society,” Deborah Joseph, CCC Accessibility Services coordinator, said “They’ve made tons of contributions and we all have to understand and know that and accept and appreciate their skills.”

Visitors went from station to station learning about different aspects of autism. A video gave listeners a better understanding of Asperger syndrome. 

A quiz also debunked myths of autism by presenting the facts. Additionally, essays written by college students with autism were available for reading to learn about their experience. 

The group wants the public to know that the disorder is an individual thing and that one way of teaching may help one student but not another. 

“Because I want to be a teacher, this is really important for me to learn more about what I might face in a classroom to be able to help my students,” Tom Tallman, an education major, said. 

Tallman adds that many children with autism attend mainstream schools.

Overall, the college wants this experience to inspire interest in the topic.     

“I hope that people learn a little bit about autism,” Joseph added. “It’s not designed to go in-depth by any means, but I hope that it sparks something where people want to go and find more information about autism,” Joseph added.

The school will have month-long events relating to autism. For more information, contact Accessibility Services at (607) 962-9262. 

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