When you have a child with autism, every resource and insight is a piece of the puzzle. Metro Parent knows this. That’s why Metro Parent and Henry Ford Health System host the Living With Autism Workshop. It’s a hugely popular – and inspiring – day-long event.
This year, we are proud to announce Ron and Owen Suskind, as well as Ron Fournier, as the keynote speakers for our 11th annual Living with Autism conference 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Detroit Marriott Troy (registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m.). It is our continued pleasure to be the region’s premier autism workshop, providing insight and advice from those working, coping and thriving with autism.
About our keynote speakers:
Pulitzer-winning journalist Ron Suskind’s work demonstrates his strong passion for giving a voice to the voiceless. Owen Suskind, Ron’s youngest son, is one of those voices – and the protagonist of Ron’s book, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism. Also adapted into the Academy Award-nominated documentary Life, Animated, this book tells Owen’s story of being diagnosed with autism and finding a way to reengage with the world around him. Ron and his family pioneered a now widely acknowledged method of emulative communication known as Affinity Therapy.
Ron Fournier’s son, Tyler, has Asperger’s syndrome. Ron, a Detroit-native editor and publisher, will speak about what he’s learned from his son while writing his book, Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations.