August Diversity Dialogue on Autism Awareness and Women’s Equality Day – 8/26/2015


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News release from the YWCA Northeast Indiana:

YWCA Northeast Indiana Announces August Diversity Dialogue – Autism Awareness and Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2015!

(August 6, 2015) – The public is invited to join YWCA Northeast Indiana on Wednesday, August 26th for two exciting events. The day’s activities will begin with our monthly Diversity Dialogue at 12 noon. Like everyone else, people with autism move through significant life changes. Their quality of life depends not only on the foundation provided in childhood, but also on ongoing supports that are specific to their educational, medical, social, recreational, family and employment needs.

David Goetz, the Rural Outreach Ally for the Autism Society of Indiana, will lead the discussion on Autism with a special focus on children. Key components of the discussion will include David’s introduction and basic overview of Autism. He will also provide a more detailed discussion of the barriers and difficulties of children who are on the Autism spectrum, with special emphasis on issues (sensory, behavioral, social, and communication) in schools/classrooms. Finally, he will help the group to identify the strengths of those with Autism.

There will also be time for small group conversations. Free parking is available and guests are invited to bring their lunch.

We will end the day with a community celebration focused on Women’s Equality Day. August 26th is designated as Women’s Equality Day. 2015 marks the 95th anniversary of when the 19th Amendment officially became part of the US constitution which granted women the right to vote. This day commemorates a turning point in the history of the struggle for equal treatment of women and women’s rights.

YWCA and our partners AAUW (American Association of University Women), League of Women Voters, and the Women’s Bureau, Inc., will be hosting a screening of the documentary, “Iron Jawed Angels”. Katja von Garnier’s “Iron Jawed Angels” tells the remarkable and little-known story of a group of passionate and dynamic young women, led by Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and her friend Lucy Burns (Frances O’Connor), who put their lives on the line to fight for American women’s right to vote. This true story has startling parallels to today, as the young activists struggle with issues such as the challenges of the perennial balancing act between family life and career.

Networking and refreshments will begin at 5:30pm and the movie showing will begin at 6:00pm. Free parking is available.

Both of these events will be held at our Administrative Office located at 1610 Spy Run Ave. For more information or to RSVP for these events, please contact YWCA Northeast Indiana Administrative Coordinator, Sue Hiatt at or 260.424.4908 x254.


About the YWCA
The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For over a century, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S. Worldwide, the YWCA, serves more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.

Since 1894, YWCA Northeast Indiana which serves Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells, and Whitley counties has given voice to the concerns of women and provided services to meet the changing needs of women and their families. A nonprofit organization, the YWCA operates Indiana’s oldest domestic violence shelter, providing shelter and services to women, men and children escaping domestic violence. The YWCA welcomes the interest and participation of both women and men committed to this vision. The organization receives support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other groups, and is a United Way Partner Agency in each county served.



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