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Monadnock Developmental Services and the Family Council welcome CarolAnn Edscorn who will present “Illuminating Autism: Accommodations and Modifications in a Life Framed by Autism” on Wednesday, June 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This presentation will be at MDS, 121 Railroad Street in Keene. The cost to attend is $10.

CarolAnn Edscorn of Jaffrey didn’t speak until she was four, didn’t read until she was in the 4th grade and had a childhood with few friends. In 1994, she was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome after her husband read an article about Temple Grandin, an animal scientist who has autism.

With a BFA from the University of Rhode Island and a MS in Urban Affairs Management and Public Policy Analysis from Southern Illinois University, Ms.Edscorn has also completed further studies at Antioch University in Keene as part of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Graduate Certificate Program. She has worked with Erin Gruwell of the Freedom Writers Diary toward tolerance and creative education, publishing an entry in their book Teaching Hope. She lives in Jaffrey with her husband Christopher, four of her five children, and her service dog, Shakespeare.

Ms. Edscorn has addressed the Institute On Disability’s Autism Summer Institute and has given many workshops for schools and community groups. Her goal is to generate hope and a culture change toward kindness and presuming competence: “It’s not about programs, it’s about acceptance with joy! I wish to encourage other persons with autism and their families to share their stories as we can do much in our culture to educate, enlighten and empower all persons of difference. Anger, fear and ignorance need to be replaced by hope, courage and strength.”

Cost for this event is $10 per person.  For more information and to register, call the MDS office at 603-352-1304.