autism

Visual Art
7:45 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Could Art Help Us Understand Autism?

From the All For One exhibit at the Park Trades Center in Kalamazoo
Credit courtesy of Bill Davis

Last year, Western Michigan University art students took a class that examined art made by kids with autism to better understand how they communicate.

Now the Autism & Visual Art Project has blossomed to a global program that includes workshop materials for educators, an exhibit, and even a documentary film.

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WMUK News
12:04 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

WMU Gets $4 Million for Autism Research

Keith and Kelli Gibson of Battle Creek with their sons who all have forms of autism
Credit Scott Erskine / AP Photo

Western Michigan University has won $4 million from the state to help families with autistic kids. State Representative Margaret O’Brien of Portage says the money is needed because there aren’t enough professionals to meet demand.

The money goes to the Behavior Analysis Program in Western’s Department of Psychology. University officials say it will be used for research to make autism treatments more effective. Other uses include hiring more professors to increase the number of certified autism professionals.

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An Archaeology of Yearning
8:12 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

WSW: An Archaeology of Yearning

An Archaeology of Learning
Credit Courtesy of Bruce Mills

Kalamazoo College English Professor Bruce Mills wanted to write a book that told the story of him and his family. 

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Autism
12:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

WestSouthwest: A proposed farm for adults with autism

Tom, an Aacorn Farm participant beside a peg rack he helped create
Credit Courtesy of Cindy Semark

Cindy Semark says there aren't many options for adults, like her son, who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

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Aacorn Farm
7:15 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Proposed farm for adults with autism in Kalamazoo takes step forward

Tom, an Aacorn Farm participant beside a peg rack he helped create
Credit Courtesy of Cindy Semark

    

The founders of Aacorn Farm hope to raise $3-million to give adults with autism the option to live and work on a farm.

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