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Seminar Series on Contemporary Social Issues Announced for 2012

Integrating individuals with autism into the workplace. Tracking adolescent risk behaviors. The effects of military deployment on troops. These are the issues the Contemporary Social Issues series will review the state of in its spring 2012 seminars.

The 2012 Contemporary Social Issues Seminar Series presents the opportunity for social scientists and researchers at the forefront of their study areas to present fact-driven, research-based findings on topics affecting the public.

Practitioners in the field bring the findings to life, with examples from real-world local settings. The seminars are sponsored by the Rockville Institute and the Universities at Shady Grove.

Each seminar, which is free and open to the public, is held in the Camille Kendall Academic Center, Building III, Room 3241, 9636 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Maryland, 20850.

Seminar dates, topics, and speakers include the following:

Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Workforce
(Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong disorder. Learn about the current state of ASD, challenges often faced in living with it, and effective ways to integrate adults with ASD in the workforce. Presentations will include perspectives at the individual, family, and agency levels.

Tamara Daley, PhD, Senior Study Director, Westat
Graham Tubbs, Office Assistant, Westat
Lennie Gladstone, Admissions Associate, Ivymount School
Karen Lee, Executive Director, SEEC, Montgomery County

Tracking Adolescent Risk Behaviors: Promoting Healthier Teens in Maryland
(Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.)

Many of the risks that youth face are created by their behaviors (unprotected sex, alcohol and substance abuse). Programs to help prevent youth from engaging in risky behavior are well established in Maryland, especially those that address smoking prevention. Presenters will discuss initiatives to reduce unhealthy youth behaviors related to smoking.

Joseph Hawkins, Senior Study Director, Westat
James Ross, Senior Study Director, Westat
Robert Fiedler, Center for Health Promotion, Maryland Dept. Health & Mental Hygiene