The BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies (SENDS) students at the University of Suffolk have benefitted from a visit by Assistant Professor, Dr Maureen Johnson from the Department of Health Sciences (Public Health) at Indiana State University.
Dr Johnson attended a lecture by Dr Cristian Dogaru and it is her third visit to the University following the Children and Childhoods conferences in 2015 and 2017.
Dr Johnson has a personal and professional interest in Autism and believes that there are many misconceptions concerning autism. As someone with first-hand experience, her passion is to raise awareness and inspire children and adults with autism.
Working closely with Dr Allison Boggis, Dr Johnson is researching ways that undergraduate students from Indiana and Suffolk can work collaboratively on projects involving young disabled people. The Level 5 BA SENDS students will be sharing their experiences of working with disabled children and young people via a skype link between the Universities later this semester and are hoping to start some virtual conversations in the near future.
Dr Boggis and Dr Johnson presented topics relating to SENDS at the International Festival of Learning at the West Suffolk College recently, which was attended by over 1,000 delegates from across the region.
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