Rachel Deaton, an autism ally at the Autism Society of Indiana, and the Indiana Youth Institute are hosting a presentation for the community on Tuesday to provide information on how to better understand Autism Spectrum Disorders, or ASD.

At the workshop, Deaton will outline commonly overlooked ASD symptoms and characteristics, offer steps on how to help individuals with ASD communicate and hold a question and answer segment for attendees.  

“[The workshop is] designed to bring together local youth workers to build relationships and inspire collaborations that will benefit children,” the Indiana Youth Institute said. “By learning the basic characteristics and symptoms that define autism and what resources are available in the community, attendees may be able to help children with autism get the help they need.”

Workshop information:

Where: The Suzanne Gresham Center on 3620 W. White River Blvd. 

When: From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Deaton said ASD is a communication barrier that must be adapted to, and community members who attend this workshop can gain a better understanding on how to help those with ASD adapt. 

“The biggest misconception is that people with autism don’t care what people think or they’re not listening [or] paying attention,” Deaton said. “But really, individuals with autism are paying attention in their own way. Just because they’re not looking at you or talking to you doesn’t mean they don’t understand what’s going on.”

Contact Melissa Kraman with comments at mmkraman@bsu.edu