Parents of Autistic Children to Hear Survivor's Story at CARE Conference

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Byline: Eileen O. Daday

An autism conference designed by parents of children with autism in the Northwest suburbs will feature a recovered autistic, Raun Kaufman of the Son-Rise program, as the keynote speaker.

The second annual CARE Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12 at the Stonegate Conference Center, 2401 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. The Brennan Hornstein Autism Research and Education Foundation is sponsoring the event.

Kaufman was diagnosed as severely and incurably autistic, and his parents were encouraged to institutionalize him because of his "hopeless and lifelong condition." Instead they designed the innovative Son-Rise program to reach their child.

Nearly 20 years later, Kaufman has graduated from an Ivy League university and now teaches families and children about the Son-Rise program at the Autism Treatment Center of America in Sheffield, Mass.

"Raun will speak about his experiences and give us some practical things we can take home, things we can implement right away with our children," said Bram Hornstein of Elk Grove Village, co-founder of the BHARE Foundation. …