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The Autism Society of Southern Arizona Speaker Series is hosting an event this June 3, 2017.  Autism now is prevalent in the US in 1 out of 62 children. Those who are high functioning, may have the ability to seek post high school education in a College or University setting. My discussion will focus on one family’s experience about how their son was able to complete a University curriculum and graduate with his degree from the University of Arizona. In this presentation, I will discuss what it took to help him successfully:


  • 1. Learn how we guided our son through college; what it took; how we handled.
  • 2. Learn about resources available for your child should he/she/you consider a college education as an alternative
  • 3. Learn the obstacles involved and lessons learned.

Autism Society of Southern Arizona Speaker Series Speakers:

Terry Onichi Matsunaga, Pharm D, Ph.D.,

His son has high functioning autism and recently graduated from the University of Arizona with his BFA in Visual communications. Dr. Matsunaga, along with colleagues at the UofA, organizes programs in STEAM-related disciplines for children on the Spectrum to stimulate interest in science, technology, and art. The hope is that these children (with the help of their parents and others) will be motivated to pursue post-secondary education.

Susan Matsunaga, Pharm D

She is active in the STEAM Camps along with her husband Terry and has first-hand knowledge navigating their son Kevin through k-12 and through the University of Arizona where he received his BFA in Visual Communication in 2016. Although not formally trained in working with children with ASD, she has learned through much trial and error, the steps necessary to help their son succeed in post

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017

Time: Registration: 9 am – 9:30

             Program 9:30 – 11:30

Where: Intermountain Academy

Cost: FREE

Future 2017 ASSA Speaker Series for Parents, Professionals & Students are scheduled on: Sept 9 & Nov 4