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Audrey-Beth Fitch Conference

March 17th
Convocation Center - North Wing

This year’s conference is titled Stepping inside the Personal, Public, and Political Experience of (Dis)Abilities.  We will be showing a film focusing on a local family’s experiences with Autism, The Family Next Door.  This film highlights the day to day challeneges of having four children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum.  A panel discussion on the experience of caring for someone on the spectrum will also be presented following the movie.  The speakers will address a range of issues from the gendered nature of caregiving to the caregiver experience.  Additionally, we will be hosting a workshop presented by Rebecca Klaw to offer individual's a glimpse into the personal experiences of a person living with Autism or other disability, entitled "Square Pegs in Round Holes: Living with Autism in a Social World".  The day will conclude with a presentation by Dr. Daniel Marston examining the impact of social justice and political issues, including class/socio-economic status, can play in the lives of these people.

The film's director has graciously allowed us to show the film for free at the conference, and is requesting that we use this as a fundraising opportunity for the Autism society of Pittsbugh.  Please be generous with support and donations to this great cause.

  • 9:30am - 11:00am - The Family Next Door - Film
  • 11:00am - 11:30am - Q&A Session with film's director, Barry, and mother from film, Donna
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm - Break for Lunch
  • 12:30pm - 1:45pm - Panel discussion - Caregiving
  • 2:00pm - 3:15pm - Workshop - Rebecca Klaw to present "Square Pegs in Round Holes: Living with Autism in a Social World"
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm - Talk on Autism and Poverty - Dr. Daniel Marston

Last Lecture - Dr. Caryl Sheffield

March 31st
3:30 pm- 4:45pm
Convocation Center - North Wing
Supported by

Celebration of Women Dinner

March 31st
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Convocation Center - South Wing

This event is being sponsored by Interim President Geraldine M. Jones, the Women's Center, and the Women's Studies Program.

Bringing together groups who advocate for and empower women on campus.