Monday, April 9, 2012

Autism advocate, author to speak at Camphill Special School April 24

Laura Shumaker, an internationally recognized autism advocate, will speak at Camphill Special School’s Beaver Farm campus beginning at 7 p.m. on April 24 on the topic of “Launching Teens and Young Adults with Autism.” The campus is located at 551 W. Seven Stars Road, Phoenixville, about 10 miles from the school's main campus in Glenmoore. There is no charge to attend.

Find directions to the Beaver Farm campus here.

“I’m the mother of THREE terrific sons," said Shumaker, author of "A Regular Guy: Growing Up With Autism" (Read the first three chapters of her book here). "The oldest, Matthew, is a young adult with autism. I’m an optimistic mother/autism advocate/writer, and parents like me because I tell them it gets easier and I mean it. I understand the importance of helping disabled youth and their families with the transition to adulthood.”

She also writes a popular autism blog for the San Francisco Chronicle. Shumaker's essays have appeared in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Literary Mama, NPR, and

Camphill Special School, founded in 1963, is a cutting edge educational community serving children with moderate to profound developmental disabilities in kindergarten through 12th grade. The school also offers a Transition Program for young people ages 18 to 21 at Beaver Farm.

For more information about the event or to learn more about Camphill Special School, call 610-469-9236 or visit

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