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Director's Monthly Message

September 1, 2016

Dear Visitors,

            It is hard to believe that we are beginning a new school year!  Late August has seen such a flurry of activity, it is difficult to recall summer vacation!
            The first exciting piece of news I would like to share with everyone is our new location!  We have moved from our tiny office in Davis Hall to the newly renovated Buley Library on the Southern campus. We are so pleased to be in a wonderful new space that allows us to grow and offer some on-site activities this year.  Please stop by for a visit. We are located in Buley Library, room 225 and 226. The Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00-4:30 and Friday by appointment only. We look forward to seeing you and will be happy to share resources as well as plan professional development events for you! 
            The Center is happy to welcome new additions to our staff. Dr. Kari Sassu, currently a faculty member in the department of Counseling and School Psychology here at SCSU, is also our new Coordinator of Development.  Her background in psychology will been invaluable to us as we continue to develop new training programs.
            Ms. Hillary Parzych is returning as our Graduate Assistant from the Department of Special Education & Reading and she will be joined by another Graduate Assistant, Taylor Doughty from the Department of Communication Disorders.  Both of our Graduate Assistants bring with them enthusiasm and fresh ideas to keep us moving along in new directions.
            This coming year we hope to bring back our very popular Saturday Seminar Series, Artism and “Sit for Autism” programs so please check our website for new dates and times.  We are also hard at work on the development of other new professional development opportunities for all of you out there working with individuals on the spectrum.
            Our website has added new features in the past year and if you have not already checked out the “Teacher Tips” page for helpful ideas and strategies, then please do, I think you will like it! The website will also be adding a “Parent Tips” for parents who are looking for ideas regarding back to school preparation, upcoming holidays, etc.  Both of these pages are developed by Doreen Tilt, our Coordinator of Training. Doreen’s vast experience working with teachers and families make these pages very helpful to all who visit. And last but by no means least; our website will add a new page “From Our Library”. On this page, each month, a member of the Center staff will review a book that we think you might be interested in reading as we all continue to learn about autism spectrum disorders. 
            We thank all of our supporters from the past and look forward to a year of collaborative efforts with both former and new colleagues as we move forward to meet the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders in our state.
            I wish you all a very successful year and encourage you to review our website frequently to avail yourself of the many professional development opportunities we offer as well as current information on other events in the state related to individuals on the spectrum.  Our links to websites will also offer you additional information and facts about evidenced based practices for our children with ASD.
            As always, we are here for you and the children you serve, so do not hesitate to contact us if you are looking for information on evidenced based practices or program development for individuals on the spectrum.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                With warm regards and best wishes for a great start to the 2016-2017 school year,


Ruth Eren, Ed.D
Dorothy W. Goodwin Endowed Chair in Special Education
Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders
Southern Connecticut State University