Inspiring, Informative Presentation on Autism!
Have you heard the latest, shocking statistics about the prevalence of autism? The number of children being diagnosed with autism today is reaching near epidemic levels—1 in every 88 kids is being identified as having the syndrome. Furthermore, this is a worldwide phenomenon. This means that there’s a good chance that you will eventually get to know someone with autism or will, at the very least, be peripherally touched by a neighbor, friend, sibling, or family member whose life has somehow been affected by the diagnosis. This also means that all of us would benefit from learning something about autism.
The First Congregational Church of Boulder’s is hosting a special guest, Benjamin Tarasewicz, a precocious speaker who is currently a student at Fairview High School. Benjamin is a young man with high-functioning autism who is making a positive impact on our community by educating his peers and teachers, as well as the general public, on the challenges of living with the diagnosis.
Benjamin himself has had years of intensive autism therapy, with therapeutic interventions continuing on through the years and to the present day. The daily hours of intensive therapy that he received as a toddler allowed him to begin learning how to speak around age three. By the end of elementary school and in middle school, he was very active in drama performances, sometimes garnering the lead role. As a high-school student, he's experienced some new autism-related difficulties which have kept him out of the drama scene, but he's now taken on the new role of public speaker and advocate.
In April of 2012, Benjamin gave the debut performance of his informative and inspiring autism presentation to a full house at Fairview High School and received a standing ovation from an audience of over 100 students, teachers, and other guests. Since then, he has presented for the Colorado Dept. of Education, for the Special Ed. Advisory Council, at the University of Colorado, Boulder (for the “psychology speaker series” sponsored by the Psi Chi Honors Psychology Club), and has been honored by the Autism Society of Colorado with their “Compassionate Youth of the Year” award. Benjamin is currently scheduled to present at various high-schools and other educational institutions in the area.
The multi-media presentation is titled Living With Autism: Breaking Through Barriers and runs about 1 hour long.
Happening: Sunday March 10, from 9:00-10:00 am. (Note: Daylight Savings Time begins on this day.) First Congregational Church of Boulder, 1128 Pine Street, in “Plymouth Hall” located underneath the sanctuary
Free and open to the public. Donations welcomed.