Autism Society of North Carolina Workshop in Lumberton to Address Faith Communities

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Leaders of faith communities and families are invited to learn about welcoming and supporting individuals with special needs and their families Nov. 14 in Lumberton, NC.

A free, full-day workshop titled “Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities: How Faith Communities Can Help” will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 14, in Lumberton. Sponsoring organizations include: the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC), UNC-CH Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, UNC-CH Division of Allied Health Sciences and the Robeson County Innovative Approaches Initiative. PowerPoint Church is hosting the workshop.

The workshop is aimed at clergy, church leaders, church members, and families of children with autism and other special needs.

Workshop objectives:

  •     Understand autism and the challenges that individuals and families face
  •     Learn how faith communities can welcome and support these individuals and families
  •     Connect to local resources for help

Speakers will include:

  •     Elizabeth R. Crais, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow Professor and Coordinator of Doctoral Studies, Division of Speech and Hearing
  •     Rebecca Edmondson Pretzel, PhD, Associate Director and Director of Services, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
  •     Kim Tizzard, Essie Davis, and Amy Perry, ASNC Autism Resource Specialists

The workshop, which will also feature a special needs ministry panel, will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at PowerPoint Church, 4282 Hwy 211 West in Lumberton. Registration is free and includes lunch; participants are asked to register online by Nov. 11 at


  •     Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. As many as 1 in 58 children may be diagnosed with ASD in North Carolina, according to a prevalence study by the CDC study of 8-year-old schoolchildren.
  •     For more than 45 years, the Autism Society of North Carolina has worked to address areas of need and expand services for the autism community in North Carolina. ASNC works to directly improve the lives of individuals affected by autism by providing advocacy, education, and services. For more information, call 1-800-442-2762 or visit

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