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March 27, 2018
For Immediate Release

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Waterloo – Monday, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. Wilfrid Laurier University has a number of experts who can speak about Autism Spectrum Disorder, support services for people with autism, the experiences of families and caregivers of people with autism, and related issues.

Janet McLaughlin, associate professor of Health Studies, is an expert on autism therapies, the impact of autism on families, and autism advocacy. With Margaret Schneider (below), she is currently conducting research on how families’ socioeconomic status may influence treatment outcomes. Contact: Read more about her work.

Margaret Schneider, associate professor of Kinesiology and Physical Education, focuses her research on the experience of having a disability, 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:

Olena Darewych, adjunct faculty at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, is an expert in art therapy, particularly for adults with autism. A registered art therapist and psychotherapist, her research investigates imagination in adults with autism using arts-based assessments and digital technology. Contact: or 647-889-7753 (cell).

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Media Contacts:

Kevin Crowley, Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070


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