The keynote speaker for the Autism/Asperger Conference I recently attended was Eustcia Cutler, the mother of Temple Grandin. What an incredible lady.... she definitely has earned the designation of Warrior Mom! She spoke for an hour and a half and she had the large audience in the palm of her hand. When she reminded us that Temple is 60 years old now... we were all doing the math. Wow, she looked no older to 50 to me, and she must be 80+... She described the anectodal history of autism through the ages up to modern times and she shared her path and her work with her daughter which was simply amazing. She had no services, no where to turn, and she put together the treatments that worked for her. Not surprisingly, she related some disappointing experiences that she had with the medical community. She did relate some positive ones as well, and they were important. She noted that she had two things on her side "luck and money". But after hearing her speak I would say that she had something much greater : her own incredible love for and belief in her daughter. I left that auditorium with something that I desperately needed, a renewed sense of hope and validation on a very deep level.