National Autism Association
December 31, 2005
NAA had planned to send out our last newsletter of the year highlighting what our autism community has accomplished together during 2005. It truly has been a remarkable year of progress for our children. But with the sudden and tragic passing of our friend, Liz Birt, we would rather reflect upon how any accomplishments for the sake of our children are only possible through the love and determination of parents.
The truth is, we would never have come this far without the tireless dedication of Liz Birt. Those of you who have read David Kirby's "Evidence of Harm" know how instrumental her accomplishments have been. Those of you who have had the pleasure of knowing Liz personally, know that she is irreplaceable and unforgettable.
Many folks will be unable to attend the services for Liz in Kansas City, but have expressed the desire to participate in bidding her farewell. We invite the online community to come together on Wednesday, January 4th at 9pm eastern to light a candle in Liz's honor and collectively observe a moment of silence, prayer and reflection.
Liz has taught us many things over the years. Her final lesson is of the fragility of life. Each day is a gift to be cherished. In this time of mourning and reflection, we are foregoing a newsletter until the New Year, when we will resume our work with renewed determination in honor of our dear friend.
Wishing you health and happiness in 2006,
The NAA Team