USF hosts Autism Symposium for teachers, parents and community

March 12, 2019

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Dr. Laurie Sperry and Katherine Wells will be the keynote speakers April 10 and 11 at the Autism Symposium: To Graduation & Beyond, presented by the University of Saint Francis and the AWS Foundation.

The symposium will be held in the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne.

The event will have a strong focus each day for people who seek to learn more about autism and how to support students and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The session for teachers, counselors and interventionists, “Supporting Students with ASD in Your Classroom,” will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 10. The all-day event for teachers will include a round-table discussion facilitated by area teachers, including multi-tiered systems of support for middle and high school students with autism and support for early intervention and early elementary students with autism.

Community leaders, businesses, agencies and parents are welcome at “Employment and Home Routines” from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 10. The community event will focus on employment and home routines.

School administrators and support personnel are invited to attend “Support Students with ASD in the School” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 11. The school administrators and support personnel event will address supporting students with autism and using experts in the school to build the school’s success.

Registration for the event is available at

For more information, please contact Angie Springer at 260-399-7700, ext. 8100 or

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.