By Karen Kain
Join me at the Abilities Expo in Houston at the Reliant Center, August 26-28, Friday 11 AM-5 PM; Saturday 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday 11 AM-4 PM. ADMISSION IS FREE!
My name is Karen Kain. For almost 16 years, I was the parent of a child who was grievously injured by her DPT vaccine at six weeks of age. My daughter, Lorrin, had a five-minute seizure two hours after her shot and continued to have uncontrolled seizures throughout her life. I did everything that I could to take care of her. Lorrin never walked or talked, and she breathed out of a hole in her neck and was fed through a tube. Two days before Christmas in 2009, Lorrin died in my arms at home.
Lorrin touched many people and had amazing gifts. She communicated by blinking her eyes and would visit people in their dreams. She received a canine companion, and in middle school, she made neurotypical friends. Lorrin lived a full life and participated in a beauty pageant, camping, Girl Scouts (vice president of her troop), and regular sleepovers. Lorrin had an amazing ability to draw people towards her. She loved everyone she met, and within only two weeks after her death, I received 2,000 hits on my website, www.Lorrinsworld.com.
I have attended the Abilities Expo every year since Lorrin was an infant. I found a wealth of information that the doctors and schools were not providing. At each event, I met inspiring people and had a great time. I was educating myself on what was available for my child in every arena: vehicles, computer technology, medical equipment, service dogs, wheelchairs, legal experts, fun opportunities, and unique entertainment. For 30 years the Abilities Expo has been the one show dedicated to educating and improving the lives of Americans with disabilities. Most of the people who have helped me as a parent of a unique child are parents whom I met at the Expo. In my opinion, The Abilities Expo is a must-attend event for families living with a disability.
I encourage families to join me at the Abilities Expo and meet the vanguard of the autism community. Learn more at: Ability Expo