Mar 31, 2018

National African American Autism Community Network Hosts “Spectrum of Care” Town Hall for Autism Awareness Month

Town hall will feature Resource Fair to help underserved families connect to resources

WHAT:   In observance of Autism Awareness Month (April), the National African American Autism Community Network, in partnership with Autism Speaks, will host a “Spectrum of Care” town hall to educate and engage parents, caregivers, healthcare providers, local legislators and all who are interested in bridging health disparities in autism.

WHY:   Autism spectrum disorder is estimated to affect 1 in 68 children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But African American children are diagnosed with autism 18 to 24 months later than their white counterparts.

 WHO:   The town hall will be moderated by Camille Proctor, founder of Michigan- based The Color of Autism Foundation. Confirmed panelists: Tisa M. Johnson, MD, Henry Ford Health System; Nicole Anthony, Ph.D., Elijah’s Place Advocacy; Pamela Dixon-Thomas, Ph.D., clinical psychologist; Aretha Bradley, SLP; Tonia Ferguson Esquire (special needs lobbyist); Carla Frazier, special education teacher. A Resource Fair featuring a variety healthcare, family support, and advocacy organizations (full list at:

Volunteer ABA Technicians will be on staff to support attendees with autism.

WHEN:   Saturday, April 21 from 12-4 p.m.

WHERE:   Wayne County Community College District
                  1001 West Fort Street
                  Detroit, MI 48226

To register for this FREE event, visit: or

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