Blogging IMFAR

I'll be at IMFAR, the International Meeting for Autism Research, for the next four days. I'll be blogging as much of the conference as I can, at the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism, starting with today's 11 AM PST press conference -- so stay tuned!

The number of IMFAR sessions and panels [PDF] is incredible. If you want to make a case for a specific session I should report on, leave a comment and I'll do my best.

Thanks again to the Autism Science Foundation for the travel grant that made my attendance possible. And if you're actually at IMFAR, do find me and say hello, or DM me on Twitter: @shannonrosa.

Also -- if you'd like to come to Sunday's San Diego iPad workshop, please let me know ASAP so we can fit you in.


Apparently Leo is not very happy that I'm gone. Nor that I, uh, took his iPad 2 to lead Sunday's workshop -- guess I should have had that original iPad raffle next week, eh? He does have his iPod touch, but not great planning in hindsight. No (other) regrets -- Leo's former iPad went to a teacher in our very own resource-challenged school district, a teacher who has an included child with autism in her class. So even though folks entered the raffle from all over the country, I got to hand-deliver the iPad, and it couldn't have been a better match.

Poor Leo. I'll miss him too. There will be lots of Skype video chatting going on, methinks -- we'll see if that will make him feel better or just makes him more sad. How do all y'all keep connected with your kids, if and when you travel away from them?


  1. Trishinspace1:08 AM

    Can't wait to hear about the conference :) I have actually never been away from my kids overnight or for any length of time longer than when they are away at school during the day. I'm not sure how any of us would react, but I'm guessing there would be quite a bit of anxiety involved lol. It's wonderful that you are able to go out and be a part of the progress for the autism community, but I also understand how difficult that must be for you and Leo. Have fun with your Skype chats :) and hurry home! :)

  2. I'm having a hard time remembering the last time I traveled away from my kiddo. Hmmm...I think its time to plan a girls' weekend.


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