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Aaron Likens to Deliver Keynote Address at disAbility Awareness Event
April 17, 2014
Nationally known speaker and author Aaron Likens will deliver the keynote address for disAbility Awareness 2014 at St. Louis Community College-Meramec on Friday, April 25, at 10 a.m. in the theater on campus, 11333 Big Bend Road.
From the age of five, Likens knew he would follow his passion to become an auto racer. At age 20, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. Likens’ keynote address is entitled “Living With Autism,” a message he shares to help people better understand autism – how it feels, how individuals face issues and challenges, and how to interact with someone on the autism spectrum.
Likens, recipient of the Mental Health Champion Award from the Missouri Department of Mental Health, also is the author of “Finding Kansas,” a memoir that he hopes “will change how educators, parents, therapist and doctors view this Autism Spectrum Disorder” and contains his thoughts and experiences about being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.
“Aaron Likens is committed to raising awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders so that others can understand its challenges and unique characteristics,” said Linda Nissenbaum, STLCC-Meramec‘s manager of disability support services. “Since we are experiencing more people at the college and in our community that have been diagnosed with autism, having the opportunity to hear Aaron speak will give us a glimpse into what it’s like to live on the ‘spectrum.’”
Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come basis. For more information, call 314-984-7673.