April 6 | 6 PM: Law Enforcement Safety for Individuals with ASD
Individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as their caregivers, are invited to learn skills and techniques for safely interacting with law enforcement officers. The one-hour session provides participants an opportunity to apply learned skills to hypothetical situations.
April 7 | Noon: Stand Up Against Sitting Down: The Benefits of Sitting Less | Springtime Science Health Series
Have you been thinking about how much you've been sitting during this pandemic? Hear the latest research on sedentary behavior and the impact of excessive sedentary time, as we discuss strategies to replace sitting with physical activity. Contact: Chelsey Byers
April 8 | 10 AM: Physical Activity | Keys for Embracing Aging
Regular exercise is associated with decreased death and disability from diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. Make exercise a habit. Contact: Chelsey Byers
April 13 | 6 PM: Neurodiversity at Your University
Explore what neurodiversity, particularly autism, looks like in the people around you. The workshop discusses characteristics of autism. Help cultivate an inclusive community where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. A panel of peers on the autism spectrum will answer questions about life experiences, encounters, and achievements.
April 14 | Noon: Myths and Misconceptions of Metabolism | Springtime Science Health Series
Can specific foods truly boost your metabolism? Does aging inevitably slow it down? In this presentation, learn the most common misconceptions and important factors that affect your metabolism. Contact: Chelsey Byers
April 14 | Noon: Get Savvy: Student Loan Repayment
It seems every year we see a record high for student loan debt. In 2020, that record hit $1.56 trillion. As of 2018, average student loan for bachelor degree recipients in Illinois was $29,855. Understanding repayment is a key to driving down individual student loan debt post graduation. Join us on April 14 at noon CST to learn the terms, tools, and strategies to empower your student loan pay-off plan. Contact: Kathy Sweedler
April 15 | 10 AM: Brain Activity | Keys for Embracing Aging
A healthy brain is crucial to survival, growth, and everyday successes. Similar to the rest of the body, the brain needs exercise and maintenance to optimize and protect its current and future health. In particular, the brain needs socialization, mental stimulation, physical activity, nutrition, and sleep. Contact: Chelsey Byers
April 15 | 2 PM: How to Save on Travel: Lessons for Living
Traveling across the state or around the world offers many opportunities for fun and spending money! Join us in discussing ways to be a savvy traveler, including how to manage your finances efficiently and safely while traveling. Contact: Karla Belzer
April 20 | 6 PM: Communicating Healthy Relationship Education with Youth on the Spectrum
Relationship education often excludes youth on the spectrum. As an adult supporting an adolescent on the spectrum, learn about emotions and barriers that can prevent open communication, and discover tangible resources and evidence-informed tips families and communities can use to address and help close the gap. Youth are also welcome to attend!