April 19, 2013

Media Advisory -- Rep. Phelps Visit/Autism Month

In conjunction with National Autism Awareness Month in April and to highlight Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s ongoing efforts to make a difference for those with autism and their caregivers, state Rep. Brandon W. Phelps, D-Harrisburg, will visit SIU’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Rehabilitation Institute on Monday, April 22.

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover Phelps’ visit at 2:30 p.m.  The center is located in the Wham Education Building, Room 124.  Phelps will tour the center and discuss autism and what the center does to assist children with autism, their families and professionals.  The center has been providing treatment for children since 2003.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) encompasses a wide range of complex brain development disorders affecting about one in 110 American children.  Research indicates that early, intensive treatment leads to better results and outcomes for children with ASD. The center assists children from one year old through college age, as well as families, caregivers and professionals in the field.  The center also provides an educational experience for SIU students studying in that field.

For more information about the center or Phelps’ visit, contact Valerie E. Boyer, assistant professor and center director, at 618/453-8262 or by email at valboyer@siu.edu