Overseas conference representation during 2016 – Members of the RSAA Committee attended Rett syndrome conferences in Russia, New Zealand and Austria
RSAA was represented at the May World Congress in Kazan, Russia, by its Vice-President Claude Buda and Committee member Tony Cagliuso. Both are fathers who have a daughter with Rett syndrome, Annelise Buda is 6 years old and Raquelle Cagliuso is 23 years of age.
The Committee’s Sue Hallenstein went to Auckland, also in May, for RettNZ’s bi-annual conference and RSAA President Bill Callaghan travelled to Vienna in September for the RTT 50.1 conference which was being staged to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Rett syndrome by Dr Andreas Rett. Bill is pictured below talking with Barbara Rett, Andreas’ daughter, during the conference dinner.
The reasons for RSAA attending the above events are multiple, namely, to learn, to network, to raise awareness of RSAA and of Rett syndrome in Australia, and to inform. Feedback is expected to be forthcoming on those conferences held in Russia and Austria.