Green Mountain Support Services is proud to host its 3rd Annual Cerebral Palsy Conference. It will be held on October 5th, 2018, at the Stoweflake Resort in scenic Stowe Vermont.
More than 750,000 Americans live with cerebral palsy, yet information and resources are sparse and difficult to find. The GMSS Cerebral Palsy Conference was born from the singular vision of one man who lives with cerebral palsy, and who believes that it is vital to spread awareness about this significant developmental condition.
The Vermont Cerebral Palsy Conference hosted by Green Mountain Support Services is the only conference of its kind on the entire U. S. East Coast.
Interest has been so high that the conference has more than doubled in size in the two years since its inception. This year’s conference participants will learn about cerebral palsy, gain knowledge of available supports and services, meet others affected by CP, and be inspired to improve lives.
This year, we are fortunate to have John W. Quinn as our Keynote speaker. He is the best selling author of “Someone Like Me.” a memoir . The following is a description of his book:
“As a child, John Quinn had a dream of a naval career despite his affliction with cerebral palsy. After failing the physical exam, he underwent painful, self applied physical therapy for one year then successfully passed a second exam. He kept his cerebral palsy a secret from the record- keepers and medical authorities for 20 years. He had a distinguished and highly decorated career despite the pain he endured to appear normal. He served on board destroyers, a battleship, two aircraft carriers and functioned as an administrator for a Seal unit. The outside world also impacted on him further aggravating his CP when he was challenged by alcoholism and excessive grief caused by the suicide of a brother. With help, John Quinn triumphed over both, as he did the painful cerebral palsy. “