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I am pleased to announce that I will be co-presenting at the national conference of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc., a non-profit organization of attorneys, advocates and parents whose primary mission is to secure high quality educational services for children with disabilities. The conference will take place in St. Louis, MO, on March 11-14, 2010.

Judy Leventhal, PhD and Education Advocate Pat Exman will be joining me in a presentation titled, “Complex Multi-System Medical Illness: Educational Needs and Advocacy Strategies.” We will be using Lyme disease as the model, and will provide the advocates and attorneys with an in-depth understanding of the disease, the controversies, and the presenting symptoms and functional impairments of the children in order to give participants an appreciation of what children with tick-borne diseases face when they try to navigate the learning environment. Stress is placed on the need for a deep understanding of Lyme disease, in order to effectively advocate for the needs of students impacted by the illness.

I am grateful for an Education Grant from the Lyme Disease Association, Inc. in support of the presentation at this conference.

This is an exciting opportunity to have an impact on the lives of students with Lyme disease around the country through developing a network of advocates and attorneys who appreciate what this disease can do. Aside from our presentation, the inclusion of our material in the compendium will give important information to all attendees at the conference.

In addition, Time for Lyme and the Lyme Disease Association are co-sponsoring an exhibit table. We will therefore have literature available to supplement our presentation. The California Lyme Disease Association is donating a generous number of Children’s Education Issues of the Lyme Times to further the knowledge about Lyme disease of those participating in our breakout session, as well as other conference attendees.

We hope that professionals and advocates around the country will encourage education advocates and attorneys in their communities to attend this conference.

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