Madonna Library Hosts Autism Awareness Panel

Alexis Brooks presenting next to a tv screen at the event

LIVONIA, MICH. – The Madonna University Library began Autism Awareness Month with a panel discussion on Tuesday, April 2nd. The event featured Robert Dockery II, an author with autism, and Alexis Brooks, a Detroit Public Schools autism educator and founder of Au-Some City 313, a non-profit organization focused on the autism community. 

Dockery, author of two books detailing his experiences, spoke about the challenges and triumphs of living with autism. He emphasized the importance of sharing his story not only for self-empowerment but also to inspire others on the spectrum.

Brooks, a former elementary school teacher, discussed her own journey. Initially lacking training to support students with autism, she pursued specialized education through a state-offered BCBA program. Witnessing limited opportunities for autistic children in Detroit motivated Brooks to establish Au-Some City 313. The organization provides sensory-friendly activities and hosts events like an annual prom night for autistic teens and young adults, a Detroit Autism Day Walk, and a sensory-sensitive toy drive.

The event offered insights into autism spectrum disorder and highlighted the inspiring work being done in the greater Detroit community. More information about Au-Some City 313 and its upcoming events is available on the non-profit's website