I expect everybody knows about the AWARES Conference. Adam Feinstein is no slouch when it comes to getting the news out. I was delighted to read in Adam’s latest update that Merry Barua, director of India’s leading autism organisation, Action for Autism will be taking part. Regular readers will remember my post on Action For Autism and the more recent Letter from India that featured Merry.
Here are some other notables from the world of autism who have featured on my blog and are contributing to the AWARES Conference.
Dennis Debbaudt, is also a very good friend (see note below).
Luke and Jacqui Jackson showed Autism Speaks how to make an honest video about living with autism.
Mitzi Waltz, I’ve spelled your name right this time, Mitzi :-) Have you written your paper yet? :-P
Other contributors to the AWARES Conference who have had an honourable mention in these pages are
Michael Fitzgerald, who has some intriguing ideas about autistic personages from the past.
Paul Shattock, another very good friend (see note below) with whom I often agree to disagree about diets and vaccines and things that go burp in the night, who featured in my very first blog entry.
I have not blogged about Stephen Shore yet. But Stephen, along with Dennis Debbaudt, Luke and Jacqui Jackson and myself was a contributor to Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence, edited by Liane Holiday Willey. My turn next year, Adam?
Carole Rutherford also deserves an honourable mention. Carole is a stalwart of the Asperger UK and Autism-UK email lists. We do not always agree about causes and interventions for autism. But when it comes to interventions on behalf of autism Carole is a formidable ally. She is one of the co-founders of Autism-In-Mind (AIM). AIM takes the concerns of autistic people and their families to the heart of government, lobbying and meeting with ministers in an attempt to obtain autism friendly policies and legislation. Carole also volunteers her services on behalf of other parents battling the system, while helping her sons face the particular challenges that their autism brings.
Every year Adam manages to invite someone with little or nothing to add to our knowledge of autism but they do have a book to sell. Last year it was David Kirby.This year it is Richard Lathe :-(
And for all my online friends, please enjoy a virtual glass of good cheer until we can meet in person. :-)