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NNU Autism Awareness Day

  • NNU Brandt Center 707 Fern St Nampa, ID, 83686 United States (map)

NNU will hold its third annual Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on campus. The day will include a variety of opportunities for autism education, participation in support activities and family fun.

A box lunch picnic is scheduled at noon on the Brandt lawn.  Costs for lunch is $5 per person or $20 per family (4 or more).  Families are also invited to attend the Healthy Nampa event at the Johnson Sport Center from 10-3. There will be many free activities and booths for children and families. 

At 1PM join the NNU Baseball team for a game against Central Washington University.  Autistic individuals and their families will be honored prior to the start of the game.  Guests should register for lunch and the game at

In the morning, an autism awareness conference titled “What can we learn?” is open to educators, church groups and individuals. Attendees may attend three 45-minute sessions, selecting from the following topics:

  • “Are you a special-needs friendly church?” – Carol Gunstream Schroeder, Early Childhood Pastor, Nampa First Church of the Nazarene; Katie Wade, Habilitative Interventionist
  • “Autism in real life” – Diana Abramoski, Executive Director, A Social Place
  • “Understanding the autism spectrum: How to encourage integration in the classroom, university and the community at large” – Ms. Lori Jo Poole, LCSW, Gem State Developmental Center
  • “Overview of the autism diagnosis” – Dr. John Leavell, MD, Pediatrics & Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, St. Luke’s Pediatrics
  • “Central coherence in autism: everyday struggles” – Jeffrey D. Hall, PhD, and Meaghan Peters, PsyD, Northwest Neurobehavioral Health
  • “Video behavior intervention and the transition to adulthood for adults with autism” – Cheryl Hammack, MS, PhD Clinical Psychology Candidate, A New Leaf
  • “Building Social Skills” – Laura Sandidge, Administrator, Advocates for Inclusion

Although the conference and sessions are free, attendees must register in advance at as space is limited. The sessions will take place from 9 a.m.– noon in the Helstrom Business Center; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

Throughout the morning, guests may browse information booths providing autism education, support and volunteer opportunities. For more information, please contact event coordinator Heather Beam at (208) 467-8100.

Earlier Event: April 11
Northern Lights Sensory Sensitive Movie
Later Event: April 25
2015 Run/Walk for Autism Awareness