The Lowcountry Autism Consortium is hosting the second annual Lowcountry Autism Forum at the College of Charleston’s Sottile Theater this weekend.

The event will feature national experts in the field, including Peter Gerhardt, the education director for the McCarton School in New York, and Lorri Unumb, vice president for state and governmental affairs for Autism Speaks in Columbia.

Autism affects more than 42,000 South Carolinians, according to the South Carolina Autism Society. It is the third most prevalent developmental disorder in the U.S., affecting about one in every 88 people. It is also four to five times more common in males.

The Saturday event is free and the public is invited to attend. Visit www.lowcountry

Reach Lauren Sausser at 937-5598.