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Schilling to lead presentation in Southbridge event


September 15, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Officials from Rehabilitative Resources Inc. (RRI) are preparing for a special event on Thursday, Sept. 22, as Shonda Schilling will lead a presentation about autism and then sign some of her books for guests.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. inside the Prism Auditorium of the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center. Schilling, the wife of former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, has written the New York Times best-selling book, “The Best Kind of Different: Our Family’s Journey with Asperger’s Syndrome,” which offers a candid portrait of their son’s struggles with autism and details how it changed their lives. In her presentation, she plans to discuss some of the important things parents can learn about the increasingly common diagnosis of autism.

“RRI is excited to be hosting Shonda and to learn about her personal experiences with autism,” said Bonnie Keefe-Layden, the chief executive officer of RRI. “Both her book and presentation are interesting, entertaining and informative. This will be a great opportunity to meet one of the highest profile activists in the autism world.”

Schilling is also a skin cancer survivor, and she established The Shade Foundation of America, which is dedicated to eradicating melanoma and promoting sun safety. For more information about Schilling, visit www.thebestkindofdifferent.com.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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