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March 31, 2016

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WATERLOO – April 2 marks the 9th World Autism Awareness Day, established in 2008 by the United Nations to raise awareness about autism spectrum disorder.

The following Laurier experts are available to speak about autism:

Laurier Professor Margaret Schneider is an expert on disability and chronic illness. Schneider’s research focuses on understanding the experience of having a disability or chronic illness, such as autism, from the perspective of the individual, their family and their support network. She also studies the ways in which areas of life may be improved for individuals and their families through effective programs. Contact information: or at 519-888-9266.

Schneider’s other areas of expertise include:

  • Caregiving
  • Spirituality and health
  • Quality of life
  • Adapted physical activity and programming

Laurier Professor Pam Bryden is an expert on motor development and developmental disabilities. Contact information:

Bryden’s areas of expertise include:

  • Motor performance and perceptual abilities in children with autism
  • Manual asymmetries
  • Motor control, learning and development
  • Skilled movement
  • Neuropsychology

Laurier Professor Paula Fletcher is an expert in the area of chronic illness/disability and caregiving. Fletcher's research explores the “lived experiences” of individuals with chronic conditions and disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorder. These experiences are examined from the views of the individual, the family members and health care professionals. Contact information: 519-884-0710 x4159 or

Fletcher's areas of expertise include:

  • Pediatric cancer
  • Fall prevention among seniors

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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