We are excited here at Autism College to be co-sponsoring  “Get Educated About Autism” with momsfightungautism.com in celebration of the Autism College launch and in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Temple Grandin will be one of the keynote speakers. We will have experts on different aspects of autism including communication, inclusion, the use of medications, adolescence,  relationships and other  areas of interest for parents coping with autism and experts. We’ll be sharing more information over the coming weeks.

Today  I’m delighted to tell you about one of our speakers,  Lauren Henry, the founder of With a Brush of Love.   Lauren’s mission is to transform the lives of children diagnosed with autism or other special needs through their surroundings. Lauren is a color expert and designer, and has honed her skills over several years developing techniques for designing environments that improve both the emotional and physical well being of these children and their families. In addition to helping directly, her methods also increase the effectiveness of other therapies and treatments. The scientific principles of how sensory information, particularly color, affects the   psyche have long been recognized.

Lauren’s passion is applying these principles to help children diagnosed with autism and special needs.  Lauren has been  featured on HGTV’s “kidspace” and ABC’s ”Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”  Her work has also received international attention, she has been invited by the U.S. Military and The Exceptional Family Member Program to Camp Foster in Okinawa to work with their families as well as by the volunteer organization, Hands On Tokyo to oversee the renovation of a Nursery/Orphanage.  Lauren’s  first book, “Unique Kids. Unique Surroundings.” was published in September  2009, and in October of 2010 Lauren was invited to  host the Inaugural International Naturally Autistic People Awards in Vancouver, B.C..

Don’t forget to sign up and invite your friend – this conference is free and you can attend from the comfort of your own home. PJ’s and bunny slippers allowed. For more information, and to sign up, go here:

Free Online Autism Conference 2011 – Sponsored by Autism College and Mom’s Fighting Autism