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Sept. 28: Autism panel features five recognized experts

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—A panel discussion on autism is first of six events marking the 40th anniversary of the opening of Hood College’s graduate school.

“Autism: Let’s Talk About It” will be presented Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. in the college’s Whitaker Campus Center.

Five recognized autism experts will discuss the history of autism treatments and address how current research directs contemporary thought and therapies. Panelists include Becky Groves, autism teacher specialist for Frederick County Public Schools; Karen Rushing, augmentative communication and technology team leader for Frederick County Public Schools; Joanne M. Cafiero, Ph.D., an autism consultant; Mary Malone, principal at Rock Creek School in Frederick; and Kris Saylor, a parent of twins with autism.

Future events include a graduate alumni ceramics exhibit in January 2012; a series of lectures as part of the college’s annual alumni weekend in June 2012; a lecture and discussion in fall 2012 on business ethics; a panel discussion focusing on invasive plant and animal species in January 2013; and a thanatology lecture in the spring of 2013.

Hood’s graduate school opened in 1971 with a master’s degree program in human sciences with eight concentrations; master’s degrees were awarded to the first group of students in May 1973. Today the graduate school offers 14 master’s degrees, six certificate programs and a certification program in educational leadership.

For more information, contact Allen Flora, Ph.D., dean of the graduate school, at (301) 696-3600, or by e-mail at