Specialist to discuss autism

By: For the Daily Journal

WADESBORO — Connections Family Support Program is hosting guest speaker Nancy Nestor on Thursday, April 6 at the Hampton B. Allen Public Library in the Pritchett Room, located at 120 S. Greene St. in Wadesboro from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Nestor will be speaking on the topic of autism. She will be explaining the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder to include the signs and symptoms, basic interventions and treatments available.

Nestor has a long history working with special needs populations starting in the late 1970s while she attended Ohio State University. She has taught and worked with young people with visual impairments, deaf-blindness, behavioral and emotional handicaps, learning disabilities, and ADHD. Her experience with autism started 20 years ago when her son was born. At the age of five, he was diagnosed with high-functioning autism. Since then, Nestor has served as president of the Autism Society of N.C. with the Mecklenburg County Chapter. She is employed by ASNC as a regional chapter coordinator for the Charlotte area and as an autism resource specialist.

Family members, providers, and professionals — such as teachers, social workers, case managers, therapists, counselors and court counselors — are encouraged to attend. Space is limited and those interested are asked to register in advance and no later than April 3. Resources and lunch will be provided at no charge.

Connections Family Support Program is funded by Sandhills Center in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness in North Carolina. To register for this workshop, contact Suzanne Maness toll free at 877-211-5995 or by email at connectionsfsp@gmail.com.


For the Daily Journal