Angie Chapin wants her kids to see that she advocates for them no matter what.
She lives with her children — Imani, Asja, Kaliq and Mekhi — in Camas, Washington.
Her family will be at the Northwest Autism Conference in Richland, which she hopes will help others make connections.
The Kadlec Neurological Resource Center will hold the conference Aug. 14-15 at Southridge High School in Kennewick. Kadlec has played host to the conference for the last 14 years.
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Chapin will share her experience of raising four kids, specifically her two boys, Kaliq and Mekhi, on the autism spectrum.
She said the opportunity to speak is a bit daunting, but she knows the value of sharing their story.
“As a mom, I always want to see other moms speak, so I feel validated,” Chapin said.
The conference will have presentations talking about managing severe behavior at school and detection and treatment of Autism abnormalities.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Paula Kluth, a scholar who focuses on providing opportunities for students with disabilities.
Chapin said speakers and others at the conference always wind up helping her in some way.
“It’s a great resource to have at the conference,” Chapin said.
Other speakers include Dr. William Shaw, a clinical chemist; Dr. Mark Derby, a Gonzaga University professor who directs the college’s special education program; and Dr. Kristen Kawena Begay, a psychologist at the University of Washington Autism Center.
Tickets are available starting at $130 for both conference days. A family scholarship is offered.
For more information on the schedule and tickets, call 509-943-8455 or go to the website.