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ULM School of Education to host special education symposium

Published January 27, 2015

The School of Education at the University of Louisiana at Monroe will host the special education symposium, “Autism Spectrum and Inclusion,” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in George T. Walker Hall, Room 2-105 on the ULM campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium will feature presentations from 20-year-old author and Monroe native, Justin Wilson, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as a child.


Wilson’s mother and his former teachers Shari Owen and Paul Smith will discuss Wilson’s journey from struggling student to twice-published author and college sophomore at Louisiana Delta Community College.

Special education expert Dr. Sherlyn Powell will give an overview of the Autism Spectrum. All speakers will conduct a question and answer session and Wilson will hold a signing for his book “ShadowStrike” at the close of the event.

ShadowStrike is the culmination of a six-year writing effort from Wilson, who started the book at age 13.

For more information about this event, call the ULM School of Education at 318-342-1266.