Discussion at Abington to focus on a new narrative for autism intervention

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ABINGTON, Pa. — As part of its "Communities of Care" series, Penn State Abington will host a free conversation over dinner on March 25 with Robin Roscigno, who utilizes a critical disability study lens to raise questions about ableist logics that often permeate autism intervention. 

Roscigno earned her doctorate in education theory, organization and policy from Rutgers University. Her work focuses on the history of autism treatment, and she brings a nuanced, practice-driven approach as a seasoned special educator and parent advocate. 

Roscigno's public scholarship has been featured on TEDx and in Ms. Magazine and Rolling Stone, and her academic work has been published in Educational Studies, the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, and the International Journal of Disability Studies in Education. She is the professional learning specialist at the Midwest & Plains Equity Assistance Center, where she designs and delivers professional learning experiences for educators around a range of equity-related topics.

The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on March 25, at Lares Building, Penn State Abington, 1600 Woodland Road, Abington. It includes a light dinner. RSVP here.

This free event is presented by the Penn State Abington Office of Inclusive Excellence.

About Penn State Abington

Penn State Abington provides an affordable, accessible and high-impact education resulting in the success of a diverse student body. It is committed to student success through innovative approaches to 21st-century public higher education within a world-class research university. With more than 3,100 students, Penn State Abington is a residential campus that offers baccalaureate degrees in 25 majors, accelerated master's degrees, undergraduate research, the Schreyer Honors College, NCAA Division III athletics and more.