Autism in the Classroom: Making Education Accessible

Join us for a panel discussion, Autism in the Classroom: Making Education Accessible. Six education experts share their best practices for making education accessible to students on the autism spectrum in the postsecondary environment.

Moderator: Susan B. Woods. Editorial Board Member, Stairway to STEM https://www.susanbwoods.com/ https://www.stairwaytostem.org Panelists:

Margaret Bleichman, Computer Science Department Chair and faculty member at Middlesex Community College, was formerly a software architect and consultant in high-tech for over twenty years. They created several student-centered Computer Science and STEM initiatives at Middlesex Community College.

Professor Emeritus Bleichman has degrees in Biology and Computer Science.

Kirsten Behling, Associate Dean of Student Accessibility & Academic Resources (the StAAR Center) at Tufts University and an adjunct professor in the Disability Services in Higher Education Graduate Certificate Program at Suffolk University. Kirsten has co-authored Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: UDL in Higher Education, a book designed to help faculty implement UDL strategies directly into their courses. https://wvupressonline.com/node/757

Dr. Madhu Dhar, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Middlesex Community College and Advisor to the College’s Stem Club as well as former Professor of Atmospheric Dynamics, Space Weather Effects, Weather and Climate and Fortran Programming at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Physics, Engineering Thermodynamics, Astronomy at Merrimack College and Physics and Astronomy at Salem State University. PH.D Physics, M.Ed Higher Education. https://www.linkedin.com/in/madhu-dha… \

Dr. Eric Endlich, founder of Top College Consultants®, which helps neurodivergent students apply to college. Dr. Endlich is a clinical psychologist and co-author of a new book on autistic adults. Dr. Endlich is also on the LD/ND Committee of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and the advisory board of the Asperger/Autism Network. https://www.topcollegeconsultants.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/topcolleg… https://www.facebook.com/TopCollegeCo… https://www.facebook.com/groups/paren… https://www.youtube.com/user/eendlich…

Peter Shea Director, Professional Instructional Development, Middlesex Community College/Adjunct Faculty, English Dept. Founder, LinkedIn Group: “Neurodiversity in Education and the Workplace” and Chair, NDGiFTS Movement, North American Chapter. https://www.ndgiftsmovement.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12234…

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