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Jul
05
2016

Autism Events in SE Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Early Access Autism Project will host “Understanding Autism: An Evening for Families and Professionals,” a free autism focused event in southeast Oklahoma on July 25th, 6:00-7:30 PM, at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Idabel. Early Access will present the most current information about autism spectrum disorders in children for families and professionals. Participants will gain information about practical strategies to use in the home and community and will receive free resources and materials. In order to insure that there are sufficient materials and meeting space available, attendees should visit www.Events.AutismCenterOK.org or call 405-295-5273 to register.

In addition, Early Access will present “An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders for Early Childhood Professionals” as part of professional development activities for the Little Dixie Community Action Agency. This training will be held on July 26th at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Hugo for Head Start, Early Head Start and Early Start-Child Care providers. The presentation will focus on the importance of early identification as well as strategies for working with young children with autism.

Early Access, founded in 2010, is a part of the OU Health Science Center’s Oklahoma Autism Center. The goal of the project is to promote autism awareness and build early identification capacity in communities throughout Oklahoma by holding awareness events and training Community Screening Partners to conduct autism screenings. Current Community Screening Partners include the Chickasaw Nation, the Choctaw Nation, OSDH Child Guidance, and Head Start providers throughout the state. 

These upcoming Early Access trainings are made possible by the support of the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation. The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was founded by the late Carolyn Watson, CEO and chairman of Shamrock bank, N.A., in 1995 to improve the quality of life in rural Oklahoma communities. Through its two grant programs, the organization promotes education, health, literacy and arts and the humanities in 20 Oklahoma counties. Since its inception, the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation has awarded nearly $900,000 in grants to schools, teachers, and communities in rural Oklahoma. Additionally, the Carolyn Watson Opportunities Scholarship offers awards of up to $10,000 per academic year for high school seniors graduating from 62 rural Oklahoma counties to attend college. For more information, please visit www.ruraloklahoma.org.