Dr. Krammer takes part in DAWN Speaker Series at Progressive Insurance

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On June 30, Dr. Katie Krammer, associate professor of special education at Lake Erie College, took part in DAWN, a speaker series at Progressive Insurance. A bi-monthly event, DAWN provides learning opportunities to help employees at Progressive gain a better understanding of various disabilities.

The event on June 30 featured an employee panel on the topic of autism spectrum disorder, which is characterized in varying degrees by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability, increasing 119.4 percent among U.S. children from 200 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68), thus calling a need for more awareness and understanding (CDC, 2014).

“I was honored to be asked to be a part of such a wonderful event,” said Krammer. “I am impressed that Progressive is dedicated to providing this avenue for their employees to learn more about various disabilities.”

Typically the company utilizes employees as speakers but Krammer was invited as a professional to provide an overview of autism in terms of definition, prevalence, characteristics, strategies and so forth.

Following Krammer’s discussion, three Progressive employees who have children with autism shared their personal stories. One of the panelists, Elizabeth Gradomski, is a member of the autism support group that Krammer started.

The event took place in Progressive’s Studio 96 and was live streamed for all Progressive employees to access online. For more information, contact Dr. Krammer at ckrammer@lec.edu.

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