Community invited to Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Adults – A Multi-Perspective View

Keynote speaker and literary scholar will share his experience raising his son

WHAT: The Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHS) and Biobehavioral Health (BBH) Programs at Penn State Lehigh Valley are hosting “Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Adults – A Multi-Perspective View.” The day is open to community members. Seating is limited and advanced registration is required.

Topics explored during the day will include the science, the stigma, the parent perspective, and the services available for individuals with these disabilities. 

In partnership with the Faculty Invitational Lecture Series Committee, RHS/BBH Program Day will feature Michael Bérubé, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature and Chair of the University Faculty Senate at Penn State University, as the keynote speaker. He will speak at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 at the Lehigh Valley campus. 

Bérubé is the author of ten books to date, including “Public Access: Literary Theory and American Cultural Politics” (Verso, 1994); “Life As We Know It: A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child” (Pantheon, 1996; paper, Vintage, 1998); and “What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and ‘Bias’ in Higher Education” (W. W. Norton, 2006). His son Jamie was born with Down syndrome in 1991, in “Life As We Know It: A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child”, Bérubé describes the experience of raising Jamie.

Other speakers include: Nina Wall, Director, Bureau of Autism Services, Pa. Dept. of Human Services; Paul Coleman, CEO, LifePath; Cortney Laki, Director of Employment Services, VIA of the Lehigh Valley; Ashley Moser, Community Connections Program Manager, VIA of the Lehigh Valley; Jessica Huhn, Admissions Coordinator, Kaleidoscope Family Solutions

The event is being organized by Leigh Cundari, coordinator of RHS program and Sam Beebe, coordinator of BBH program. To register, visit:

WHERE: Penn State Lehigh – 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley

WHEN: 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26.  (12:15 to 1:15 p.m.- Keynote address from Bérubé.)

About Penn State Lehigh Valley

Penn State Lehigh Valley provides a Penn State University education in a small campus setting that integrates individualized teaching, research, and dynamic community outreach. With its convenient location in Center Valley, traditional students and adult learners can choose from many options including 9 bachelor’s programs, which can be completed at the campus, as well as access to 275 majors offered by other Penn State campuses. In addition, students and community members who have a scalable business idea are invited to participate in professional development offered by Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, a business accelerator for early stage entrepreneurs. The campus’ diverse Continuing Education and Outreach programs offer opportunities for professional development, business training, and youth programming. For more information, visit

Information provided to TVL by:
Dennille Schuler
PR Specialist
Penn State Lehigh Valley
2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034