On behalf of everyone at Autism Today, greetings! I hope this message finds you and your families, organizations and, above all, the people with autism in your life – and of course, you, if you are on the spectrum – in great health and in happy places in your lives. I am writing you today to encourage you to attend our next conference, Autism Calgary: Keys to the Treasure Chest: Behavioral Strategies for Persons with ASDs, www.autismcalgary.org, at the MacEwan Conference Centre at the University of Calgary, Alberta, on November 22-23, 2010.
I have never been so excited about an Autism Today conference as I am about Autism Calgary. What a line-up! Dr. Temple Grandin, renowned agricultural scientist, livestock expert and perhaps the world’s most famous person with autism, will make her first public appearance in Canada since the HBO movie based on her life, “Temple Grandin,” swept the Emmys in August. I am looking forward to welcoming my dear friends, Dr. Stephen Shore, professor at Adelphi University, person on the autism spectrum, and author of Autism for Dummies, and Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, founder and director of C.A.R.D. (Center for Autism and Related Disorders). I am also thrilled to be able to welcome Huffington Post blogger and respected investigative journalist, David Kirby, author of Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines & the Autism Epidemic. Note too that in Calgary, my team will unveil the new Web 2.0 Autism Today website, a social media-driven e-commerce portal for everyone in the autism community, and a new way for all of us to interact with each other, and share our stories, needs and policy priorities with the neurotypical world.
Exhibitor and sponsor opportunities are still available for Autism Calgary. Attending Autism Calgary as an exhibitor is an affordable way to both promote your business and to benefit from the latest perspectives of several of our top experts and leaders. Better yet, act as an Autism Calgary sponsor, and take advantage of the opportunity to co-brand your organization, product or service with Autism Today and several of our community’s top names. Autism Calgary sponsors at the gold level and above are also eligible for a 30% discount on any level of sponsorship at Autism Vancouver, April 7-10, hosted by Woman in Red star Kelly LeBrock.
Finally, for individual registrants, we have extended the Early Bird registration deadline to Wed., November 10th, and, for Early Bird registrants only, a free copy of our newest book, Autism Tomorrow, our roadmap for preparing your child for a fulfilling adulthood. To register as an exhibitor or to advertise in the conference program, please sign up on the Autism Calgary webpage, http://www.autismcalgary.org/1stlevel/exhibitors.html. To discuss sponsorship options, please write Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-877-9AUTISM.
As some of you know, I lost my mother, Mitzi, in August. My mom’s generosity, fortitude and fierce dedication to me became my own models when, many years later, I learned my son Jonny was on the spectrum. When I created Autism Today programming and products, and put these and everything else I could find of potential value to our community on the Autism Today website, www.autismtoday.com, I did it with the mothers of autism in mind. Nothing means more to me than the good work we all do together to improve the opportunities and qualities of life for persons with autism. Each of you is a gift. At Autism Today, we are determined to help you devise new ways to enrich your chidrens’ lives, skills and experiences, and find ways for them to enter adulthood with an empowered spirit.
2010 has been a big year for everyone in the autism community. From Jon Stewart’s Night of Too Many Stars, to Temple Grandin’s triumphant sweep at the Emmys, the general public has begun to understand the struggles of families and persons living with autism, and reach back out to us to help. Autism Calgary is both an opportunity to celebrate our triumphs, and to regroup, network and get re-energized for next steps. I hope you will join us!
Thank you again for your friendship. I look forward to seeing you in Calgary!
Warmest regards & love,
Founder of Autism Today