UMass Medical School will again be joining Autism Speaks’ campaign to Light It Up Blue in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day on Monday, April 2. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., the front of the Medical School building will be lit with blue spotlights, as will hundreds of iconic landmarks around the world, in an effort to help shine a light on autism.
In conjunction with the lighting, the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is hosting a provider fair for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The fair starts at 5 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room, and will be followed by a short speaking program at 6 p.m. leading into the showing of the movie “The Black Balloon,” a 2008 award-winning Australian film about of a family coping with autism.
Speakers include Douglas Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry; Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost, dean of the School of Medicine; Jean Frazier, MD, the Robert M. and Shirley S. Siff Chair in Autism and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics; Amy Weinstock, director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center; and Sue Loring, executive director of the Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts.
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