5814 Keynote Presentation

Friday, July 8, 2011: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Sun AB (Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center)
Recorded Presentation MP3

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Presenter:

Shonda Schilling
New York Times best-selling author Shonda Schilling is the mother of a child with Aspergerís Syndrome and wife of retired Boston Red Sox All-Star Curt Schilling. Her book, The Best Kind of Different describes the story of her son Grantís struggle with Aspergerís Syndrome and the heartbreaking and ultimately blissful journey she and her husband took to understanding this often misunderstood syndrome. Shonda spends much time and energy speaking publicly about Aspergerís Syndrome and generating awareness for children with autism spectrum disorders. She works closely with the Asperger's Association of New England and the YouthCare organizations, and has been a comfort to other families with Asperger children, letting them know they are not alone. Shonda Schilling is also a cancer survivor. In 2002, Shonda created The Shade Foundation of America, an organization dedicated to eradicating melanoma through the education of children and the community in the prevention and detection of skin cancer and the promotion of sun safety. Shonda and her husband Curt also work with the ALS Association to help find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrigís disease. Since 1992, they have donated and raised over $10 million dollars for the association.