Autism awareness focus of UNK event hosted by Social Justice League

By SARA GIBONEY
UNK Communications

KEARNEY – “Autism: Discovering the Missing Piece,” an event sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Kearney Social Justice League, aims to raise awareness about autism.

Kevin Luczynski“We want to bring awareness to this issue because of the way it impacts the community,” said Arelica Guerrero, a sophomore psychology major and vice president of the Social Justice League. “It doesn’t only affect individuals, it affects family members and friends.”

The event is from 5-8:30 p.m. Thursday (April 3) in the Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room.Chantal Sicile-Kira copy

Kevin Luczynski, an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and director of the Virtual Care Program at the Munroe Meyer Institute, will present “Understanding How Applied Behavior Analysis Improves the Lives of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Debunking Myths and Sharing Facts.”

Chantal Sicile-Kira, an award-winning author, speaker and leader in the field of adolescence and transition into adulthood, will present “Living with Autism: Our Challenges, Our Strengths, Our Dreams.”

Attendees will have an opportunity to ask the speakers questions after their presentations.

The event will also feature informational booths and free food, Guerrero of Omaha said.

The UNK Social Justice League was founded in 2012 and aims to raise awareness about social issues.

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Source: Arelica Guerrero, guerreroa3@lopers.unk.edu
Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529, giboneys2@unk.edu

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