World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 is approaching. The United Nations adopted this day in 2007 to shine a light on autism as a growing global health crisis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 68 children in the United States has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

To help celebrate this awareness day the Pilot Club of Great Bend is sponsoring an Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshop set for April 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fine Arts Building on the Barton Community College campus.

Attendees can sign up early at to print the brochure and registration form. Then, mail the form to Pilot Club Autism Workshop, PO Box 503, Great Bend, KS 67530. Interested parties may also register with a credit card at and through the Pilot’s Facebook page.

The costs to attend are $50 for professionals and $20 for families, students and daycare providers. CEU’s are available for teachers, SW, OT, PT, speech therapists and daycare providers. After the deadline of March 15, registration and admission at the door will have an added fee of $5.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Jim Ball of Cranbury, New Jersey, author of the book “Early Intervention and Autism, Real-Life Questions, Real-Life Answers.” Additional speakers leading breakout sessions include the following:

n Dr. Linda Powell from McLouth is a psychologist and a board certified behavior analyst. She is interested in distance-delivered programs for parents of young children with Autism. Her breakout sessions include Behavior Basics and Parent Training.

n Elizabeth Hewatt from Pratt, a board certified behavior analyst at Pathways Alternative Center for Education, has two children ages 14 and 17 with Autism. Her Story and The Functions of Behavior are her breakout sessions.

n Tami Allen from Garden City is the program director of Families Together Inc. of Wichita with offices in Garden City. Her breakout sessions include Stress Management and Learning with a Difference.

n Jenni Halstead from Riley is a certified Rhythmic Movement Consultant and Course Instructor who has worked in occupational therapy for 21 years. She specializes in reflex integration from pediatric to geriatric clients. Both of her sessions will be on Rhythmic Movement.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Ball, will join them in the breakout sessions sharing information on Strategies for Early Intervention Programs; Video Modeling in the Classroom; Social Skills Throughout the Educational Years; and Job Skill Resources.

The workshop will also have a panel of parents and individuals who will share their stories and knowledge of this disorder.

Vendor Jenna Andrews from Great Bend will join the conference to offer educational and developmental merchandise called discovery toys. Dr. Ball’s book “Early Intervention and Autism, Real-Life Questions, Real-Life Answers” will be for sale for $20.

The Pilot Club of Great Bend has received a matching grant from the Pilot International Founders Fund to help develop and present this workshop.

For more information about the workshop or interested vendors at $30 per table contact Sally O’Connor at 620-786-5572.

For registration questions contact Betty Schneider at 785-342-5112.

For attendees coming from a distance here are two hotels in Great Bend located on 10th St. or Highway 56 and 156: Holiday Inn Express at 620-603-6565 and Best Western at 620-792-3541.

The workshop is located at the college several miles northeast of town.