The event honors the extraordinary family members of the people we serve who are committed to advocacy; educational, vocational and leadership activities; and work tirelessly to improve services for people with psychiatric conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and behavioral health challenges. This event is an opportunity to raise awareness, reduce prejudice and discrimination, build partnerships to improve care, and encourage family and community involvement.
The evening will be hosted by former WCVB-TV’s Emmy-winning anchorwoman Susan Wornick and will feature our Keynote Speaker Emily Perl Kingsley. Emily Perl Kingsley is a former American writer who joined the Sesame Street team in 1970. Her son Jason was born with Down Syndrome. Her experiences with Jason inspired her to include people with disabilities in the Sesame Street cast. Kingsley wrote “Welcome to Holland”, a widely published and translated piece which compares the experience of someone finding out their child has a disability to having a trip to Italy rerouted to Holland. She also wrote a made-for-tv movie, Kids Like These, about a middle-aged couple who have a son with Down Syndrome. It won numerous awards. Kingsley has won 12 Daytime Emmys and 9 nominations as a Sesame Street writer, and is a dedicated advocate and parent.
If you are interested in learning more about the event or would like to attend, please contact Amy Kabilian at 781-626-5080 or email@example.com. The event is open to people we serve, their families and loved ones, and Vinfen staff.
If you would like to join Vinfen as a sponsor in celebrating family partnerships, please contact Ann Bausman at 617-441-1896 or firstname.lastname@example.org.