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Daemen College

Wick Center

4380 Main Street

Amherst, NY 14226

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Sponsored by Daemen College with generous support by The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, whose mission is focused on improving the lives of young people. Presentations will focus on the topic of autism and the arts in post-secondary education, with Keynote Address by Dani Bowman, a college student with autism who started her own animation company at age 11.

Presentations will address issues surrounding the difficulties of non-structured learning environments for a neurologically diverse student body, strategies for adapting the studio to multiple learning styles, training visual and performing arts faculty in accommodating neurodiversity, and beginning a support program for non-traditional learners in the studio or theater/rehearsal environments.


Who should attend?

  • Visual and Performing Arts faculty

  • College autism support program providers

  • Colleges interested in beginning a support program for students with autism

  • College disability services staff who work with students with autism in visual and performing arts majors


For hotel information and reservations: https://buffaloamherst.place.hyatt.com/bufzagauti2017. A block of rooms has been reserved, with a rate of $109/night. Transportation from hotel to Daemen College will be provided.

Airport code for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is BUF. Hotel shuttle provides transportation to and from the airport. Transportation from hotel to Daemen College provided.


Overview of Schedule (subject to change)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

8:00 AM Registration and breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 AM Welcome and Keynote

Welcome: Dr. Laura Watts, Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Daemen College and Co-Director of the Studio Support Program

Presentation: Dani Bowman

9:40-11:00 AM Session #1

Autism and Theater panel presentation

Presenters from Buffalo State College:

  • Kathy Doody, Assistant Professor, Department of Exceptional Education

  • Ann Emo, Associate Professor, Theater Department

  • Maureen Porter, Lecturer, Theater Department

  • Sumana Silverheels, Coordinator, Disability Services Office

  • Mary Lou Vaughan, Director, College Based Transition Program

11:15-12:20 PM Session #2

Autism in the Fine Arts Studio: Student Transition to Creative Learning Spaces

Presenters from Daemen College:

  • Laura Watts, Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts and Co-Director of the Studio Support Program

  • Alyssa Crane, Adjunct Art Instructor and Studio Support Program Life Skills Coach

12:30-1:30 PM Buffet lunch

1:40-3:00 PM Session #3

Partners in Neurodiversity: Working Collaboratively to Positively Impact Long Term Outcomes for College Students with ASD

Presenter from Rochester Institute of Technology:

  • Laurie Ackles, Director of the Spectrum Support Program

3:00-5:00 PM Concurrent sessions

  • Visual and Performing Arts faculty: A panel of artists will lead a discussion of art programs, specific challenges, best practices. Moderated by Dr. Laura Watts

  • Autism Program/Disability Services: discussion of program designs, best practices, sharing of resources, challenges and strategies. Moderated by Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown Ed.D, Co-Director of College Autism Spectrum and nationally known consultant.





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