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Cat, Mark, Dan
Mark, Cat and Dan smile for a photo op.
(Note: we''ll be live blogging from Autism One on Friday and Saturday to bring the conference to our readers.)

By Cathy Jameson

I wait all year for this week to arrive.  This is the week I get to take a much-needed break and head to the Windy City.  Surrounding myself with friends who are like family, I get to see people I've known online for years.  I get to hang out with a group of believers who prove time and time again that nothing will stop them from helping their children.  Besides the Christmas holidays, going to the Autism One conference is my favorite week of the year.

This year, the conference sounds bigger than ever.  Congressional representatives will be in attendance.  Several authors of newly release books will be presenting and offering book signings.  Talks on biomedical, therapeutic, traditional and think-outside-of-the box approaches will be available.  Favorite old timers and some fresh, new faces in the field will share their knowledge and experience.  Many of us from the AofA team will also be at the conference.  We’d love to meet you and hear your story. 

The Autism One website lists the scheduled presentations and speakers.  This year’s schedule is
Cat and Lin
Cat and long-time AofA reader and supporter Lin Wessels meet for the first time. Wade Rankin proudly wears his Canary Party t-shirt in the background.
packed from Wednesday through Sunday and looks like it has something for everyone.  The keynote and Congressional panel will no doubt be a must-see for many conference goers.  Trying to find time to do everything and see everyone may be tricky, but as usual, special events will round out the conference.  These events help balance the intense learning and listening that goes on during the day.  It’s a great way to meet new friends while enjoying a fun night out.  

Hope remains the theme as we all create stronger unity within the community.  With only a few days left before the Autism One annual conference begins, I better start packing my bags.  AO, here I come!  Hope to see you there!

Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.
For more information and how to register, call 1.800.908.5803 or email info@autismone.org




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Jeannette Bishop

I want to echo what Cherry said and say thanks to Cathy and AoA for giving us a glimpse into some of the conference each year!

Laura Rowley

Can't wait to see you too, Cat! We are here getting it all ready for the best reunion of the year!

Cherry Sperlin Misra

Oh, Have a wonderful wonderful time for all of us who cannot attend.

Lin Wessels

Either way it's a win-win!! If I can't manage to be there, I can read about it here!! SWEET!

Carter's Daddy

Getting there Thursday night, can't wait!!

Lisa Kelly

Great pic! Sooo exciting......:)


Looks good wish we were closer..


Wish we could be there...

Love the name tags...

I saw a picture of Warren Buffet at a meeting a few months back and he just had a "stick on name tag" that he did not even put on straight...

Teresa Conrick

Hi Cat,

I feel the same way! It's so important to stay connected for all of us.

Big hug coming soon!


Anne Dachel

I can't wait!!!!!!

I'm coming with the WI/MN delegations!


Wade Rankin

We're sharing that excitement, and are looking forward to seeing you and all of our "family" at the annual reunion!

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