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On Friday, September 19 – Sunday, September 21, Springbrook hosted its First Annual Family Weekend. This event featured a variety of events, with the main goal being to bring the Springbrook family together and celebrate all that we do to make Springbrook what it is today.
Springbrook participants of all ages and their families shared their stories in our Story Booth, attended informative workshops and Parent Council meetings, played dress-up in the Photo Booth, and enjoyed a Family Picnic featuring Oneonta’s famous Brooks’ BBQ.
And on Saturday evening, Springbrook proudly welcomed bestselling author and autism advocate, Jesse Saperstein for a lecture and book signing. After experiencing the social stigmatization and bullying that can sometimes affect autistic adults and children, Saperstein—who has a form of autism commonly known as Asperger’s syndrome—decided to become a writer and advocate for people with autism. His memoir, Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters, became an instant best seller due to the author’s unique talent for practical and engaging advice for a misunderstood demographic that often goes unnoticed. His innovative ideas and unique talent for compelling lectures have earned him a place next to other great autism advocates, such as Temple Grandin.
We would like to thank all of the families, individuals, and staff who joined in the celebration and fun!
Click here to see photos from Family Weekend!