Moderators: Mona M. Delahooke, PhD; Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH
Panelists: Ido Kedar, Tracy Kedar, Elaine Hall, Deborah Flaschen
You’ll be hearing from Ido Kedar, author of Ido in Autismland who elegantly writes about his own journey and the personal and emotional cost when professionals do not presume competency. He will enlighten us all as to the importance of presuming competency in individuals with motor apraxia and related conditions. He will inspire professionals and parents to think about individuals with autism in a totally different light. Parent panel members will share their stories of belief, love and hope in their children. They will candidly describe how they discovered their children’s full potential, and the process they experienced as these abilities unfolded. Each of these mothers experienced challenges within their own families, with systems, and professionals as they learned how to support their child’s unique trajectory of progress. Through their descriptions they will help us develop a roadmap for supporting all individuals with autism and apraxia which often hide an individual’s true potential and intentionality. You are sure to be inspired by their uplifting narratives.