Autism is not one experience – it is many unique experiences. It is dreams, skills, relationships, challenges, successes, and everything in between. Join us as we are introduced to the joyous faces of individuals living with Autism through photographs produced by Kim Roderiques.
As honorary host, Joseph Carr, Founder/Vintner of Joseph Carr & Josh Cellars Winery, will welcome the evening’s guests. The powerful and illustrious panel discussion will break down the gifts and challenges of Autism. The panel of speakers will discuss Autism and the ways we can provide safety, acceptance, job opportunities, and inclusion in our community.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Carol Kenner, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, retired; Special Assistant Attorney General; Co-Founder of a non-profit to help educate Syrian refugee children and a professor at Suffolk University School of Law. Carol is the mother of a young man who is supported by Cape Abilities. She has served on the board of Cape Abilities for over ten years. She now works with the Cape Cod Disability Network in advocating with legislators for better wages and benefits for direct support professionals in these life-changing organizations.
Presenting on the panel will be Kim McElholm, President & CEO of Cape Abilities; James Barnes, Vice President of Philanthropy and Engagement at Cape Abilities; Kathy Ohman, Founder and Board President of FORWARD, and licensed independent social worker; Shana Grogan, a special education teacher for 20 years on Cape Cod, as well as the co-founder of Special Abilities Fitness; and, Sarah McCracken, Executive Director of Dogs for Better Lives. Special guests will be Tom Campbell and his son, Liam, as well as the ambassador at the Cape Abilities Farm, Hank Svirsky.
We will build a network and celebrate the amazing ways people with Autism are unique and make positive and impactful changes that greatly improve our community. Hear about the gifts and challenges in the world of Autism and join us in building a more inclusive Cape Cod.