TAMIU Autism Intervention Center Hosts
First Charity Golf Tournament May 7
Texas A&M International University’s Autism Intervention Center (AIC) will host its first charity Golf Tournament, dubbed “Swing for Autism” on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at the Casa Blanca Golf Course.
Dr. Candace Baker, TAMIU College of Education associate professor and director of the AIC, said the Tournament is a fundraiser for the Center.
“Our Center is dedicated to providing access to diagnosis, and Autism education growth. We offer diagnostic evaluations and evidence-based intervention services for individuals with Autism. The funds raised through efforts like the Tournament and others help us to continue to deliver our service mission. The immediate goal is to raise funds to provide a summer school experience for 5 to 22 year olds who have Autism Spectrum Disorders.
“Our community has a tremendous need for Autism services and we provide a range of services, including diagnostic evaluation, school assessments, functional behavior assessments and analysis and professional development workshops, among others,” Dr. Baker explained.
The Tournament format is a two-man scramble and the registration fee is $100 per person. Registration fee will cover green fees, golf cart, range balls and lunch. Onsite check-in will take place at 7:30 a.m. with tee time at 8 a.m. Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 4, 2011.
Platinum sponsor for the event is Transportes Fema.
Hole sponsors include: International Bank of Commerce, Texas Community Bank, Fiesta Mexicana Imports, Staff Connection and 6-U Cattle Co.
For more information on the Tournament, contact Matt Groogan at 956.726.2019.
Advance registration is recommended and a registration form is available online.
Baker noted that TAMIU developed a Master of Science program for Autism Educational Interventions was recently approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The University also has a Special Education MS degree with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) that shares core coursework with the Autism Interventions degree. The ABA minor began in the 2009-2010 academic year. The Autism Interventions degree will begin in the 2010-2011 academic year. Students in both programs fulfill service requirements for the degree in the AIC.
For more information about the Center, visit its dedicated web site at tamiu.edu/autismcenter, call 956.326.HOPE (4673) or visit offices in Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall, room 125.
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