As it has each year, Autism Speaks was pleased to co-sponsor the Community Stakeholders Luncheon at the annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR). This year, other co-sponsors included the Autism Science Foundation, SPARK (the Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge) and the Olitsky Family Foundation.
The annual luncheon honors individuals and families affected by autism and their supporters.
This year’s featured speakers were Caren Zucker and John Donvan, authors of In a Different Key – the Story of Autism. The book tells the story of autism through the lives and civil-rights battles of those affected by the condition. "This is the message of our book," Mr. Donvan said, "that everyone has a part to play in creating communities where people with autism are supported."
Below are some snapshots from the event.