An update from Robert Samery - VP PAAO, who attended the 57th AACAP Annual Conference in New York City this week with PAAO President - Jill Egizi. (AACAP stands for the "American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry" and is the pre-eminent professional association of many court appointed evaluators and behavioural assessors.) In photo below Jill and Robert are shown engaging in discussion with one of the attendees at the Conference. As a Board, we decided it was extremely important that PAAO be present at this event to help make the case for including PAD in DSM-V (the influential Handbook and Manual for Professional Psychiatrists). We received tremendous assistance from many members of PAAO's Advisory Board including: Dr. Amy Baker, Dr Richard Sauber and Dr. Michael Bone (also Dr. William Bernet who despite not being on the Advisory Board was instrumental in pitching Jill on our involvement). All made themselves available throughout the Conference taking turns answering queries and even helped staff our information display.
[We are asking all PAAO Supporters for their help in covering the US$5,000 we have budgeted for this exhibition space and associated promotional materials. Each conference attendee received our regular brochure and some extra material about PAAO. Our two board members who attended, setup, staffed the display and "spread the word" all paid their own conference expenses including travel, lodging and incidentals. I am going to boldly suggest a very generous donation of $100 per PAAO supporter. (But of course, everyone must decide what they can afford.) As PAAO runs such a tight ship unless we recoup this expense, we will not be able to fund any other upcoming events. All are important in gaining acceptance of PAD for DSM-V. And remember, PAAO qualifies for a charitable tax receipt in either Canada and the US, where ever the donor is resident.]
Here is Robert's dispatch: