Women with Autism Spectrum Disorder to be discussed tonight, March 11

As the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) increases, more study is being focused on how males and females may differently experience the disorder.   To address this issue, Eszter Kiss and Hillary Adams from the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall will discuss “Women and Autism: Are There Sex Differences in Autism?” this evening, March 11, at 6 p.m. in room BE-5 of the Memorial Student Center.

Leading professionals in the field of supporting college students with ASD, Kiss and Adams will speak to current research on the topic, and discuss best practices for supporting female college students with ASD as they learn in the classroom, experience campus living, and build social relationships.

The event is being presented as part of the Women’s History Month program at Marshall and is free and open to the public.

According to information provided on the flyer promoting the event, “We often hear that the conditions of an autism spectrum disorder can be perceived and displayed differently in women when compared to men. The occurrence of autism has historically been more prevalent in males than females leading to several important but often unanswered questions. In their presentation they will discuss what recent studies and research says about this topic and how we see differences working with female students and how to best support college students with ASD.”

For additional information contact Dr. Laura Michele Diener at diener@marshall.edu