UTHealth hosts panel discussion on adults living with autism

HOUSTON – (May 2, 2013) – Four successful Houstonians will share their personal stories of living with an autism spectrum disorder at a panel discussion hosted by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

The event, “My Journey with Autism,” will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on May 22, 2013, at the Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center, 7440 Cambridge Street. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for displays and refreshments.

The four members of the panel are Amber Black, owner of Avinash Wellness and a champion fitness model; David Noll, a professional singer-songwriter and recording artist; Robert Cooper, an engineer in the information technology business and autism self-advocate; and Ursela Tipps, a former business owner who is raising seven children, some of whom also have autism spectrum disorders.

The moderator of the panel discussion is Katherine Loveland, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the C.L.A.S.S. (Changing Lives through Autism Spectrum Services) Clinic at UTHealth.

Artist, author and autism advocate Grant Manier will make a special appearance at the event with his works.

The cost of the event is $15 person or $20 per family. There is no charge for children age 12 and under. Seating is limited. For questions and registration, email ms.asperger@uth.tmc.edu.