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Watch Wrights Receive Honorary Degrees from Fairfield U

This Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m. – tune in to watch a live stream of the Fairfield University (Fairfield, Conn.) graduate school commencement exercises, and Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright accept honorary degrees and deliver the 2012 commencement address. In their 15 minute speech to the graduate schools, the Wrights will speak about managing life’s curveballs while striving for success and working for the public good.  

Access the live stream here on Sunday, May 20 at 3.p.m EDT.

(If you have trouble viewing this live stream, the Wrights’ Commencement address will be posted here on Monday, May 21. We apologize for any inconvenience.)

The Wrights, who are long-time Fairfield residents, will be honored for their longstanding commitment to autism advocacy. Fairfield University has a history of supporting efforts to help those with autism spectrum disorders, including hosting conferences convening researchers and other key figures in the field trying to understand autism and help people with the disorder and their families. In 2006, the Wrights opened one such conference, which was co-sponsored by Autism Speaks.

Fairfield’s Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions has a program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a three-course, nine-credit program providing in-depth training in behavioral strategies and ABA, now required by Connecticut law for those working with children with autism spectrum disorder.

The Wrights have ties to Fairfield University. Their son, Chris, is a graduate of Fairfield Prep, and there is a chair dedicated to Bob Wright at the university’s Dolan School of Business.

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