After a short flight diversion to Cedar Rapids due to a thunderstorm, my wife Mandy and I safely arrived at O’Hare late yesterday. We’re here to spend time with families affected by autism at the AutismOne/Generation Rescue Conference 2013 in Chicago.
This conference always brings me back to why we do what we do at Advanced Brain Technologies. Parents are here looking for answers to solve the beautiful and complex puzzle which is their child. Some are seasoned veterans, with Warrior Mom proudly stamped across their chest. Others are mom’s and dad’s that look like deer caught in the headlights. Their child has just been diagnosed with autism and they have no idea which end is up. Much less where to begin on their journey to help their son or daughter be all they can be in life. What is universal among the doctors, research scientists, therapists, teachers, care givers, vendors, volunteers, parents, and conference organizers, is that they are spending Memorial Day weekend within the confines of a hotel because they care. They care to share what they know, learn what they can, and give of themselves to help another. There is a great feeling of community; HOPE is here, waiting for those who attend.
If you happen to be at AO/GR Conference 2013, please drop by the Generation Rescue Lounge and visit us at The Listening Program® booth where Mandy, me, and our good friend and colleague, occupational therapist Sheila Allen, will be delighted to meet you. Tomorrow I’ll be speaking from 2:15-3:15 in Pollack presenting Acoustically- Modified Music: Brain Based Training for Improving Auditory Processing and Sound Hypersensitivity. I hope to see you here!