Palm Beach School for Autism 2017 Conference at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida
Larry and Tracy gave a keynote presentation to over 200 attendees at this annual conference on February 11, 2017. The theme of the conference was “Life with Autism” with Larry and Tracy sharing their stories about their journeys to finding a voice through communication and a meaningful purpose in life through their respective work in art and self-advocacy. Their presentation was followed by a lively question and answer with the audience, many of whom were parents of children with autism who had challenges with communication and wanted advice from Larry and Tracy about how they could better support their children to gain greater communication.
2016 Aroostook County Autism Conference in Presque Isle, Maine
Larry and Tracy were one of the keynote presenters along with Dr. Margaret Bauman at the first Aroostook County Autism Conference in Presque Isle, Maine on October 6, 2016. Lisa Brewer and Maeghan Swanson, co-founders of the Aroostook County Autism Support Group, deserve many congratulations for organizing a very successful conference which brought together professionals, parents, individuals with autism and community members to hear presentations on a wide variety of topics. In addition to their keynote presentation, Larry, Tracy, Harvey and Pascal did a conference break-out session on communication partner skills.
The Institute on Communication and Inclusion’s 2016 Summer Institute
Larry and Tracy participated in the Institute on Communication and Inclusion’s 2016 Summer Institute (July 26-28, 2016). The theme of this year’s conference was “Communication Is More Than Speech – Building Inclusion Through Typing”. Larry did a presentation on his art entitled “Lopping Off Old Ideas About Doing Art” and Tracy did a joint presentation on self-advocacy, entitled, “Stepping Aboard the Advocacy Train”. In addition to their presentations, Larry and Tracy had the opportunity to see many old and new friends including their fellow Vermonter, Mark Utter (in photo above). Larry and Tracy attended Mark’s presentation and after Larry made a comment to Mark about the “popularity of people without hair”, Mark responded with the cheer, “Hurray for hairlessness.”
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