Last week there was supposed to be a 2 day workshop of the the U.S. Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) to update the Strategic Plan. The workshop was to be held in Washington DC. The meeting was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.
Behind the scenes, making things work for the IACC is OARC: the Office of Autism Research Coordination . The people of OARC do a lot, including managing the meetings. No small task for this workshop. There are about 30 IACC members and about 20 experts were brought in to consult on the Plan update. These meetings are a lot of work and OARC staff were preparing long in advance and still, I am sure, were going to be working through the weekend before the workshop. And that without hurricane Sandy. With Sandy bearing down, they had to put together contigency plans. What if some people don’t make it in time? What if people can’t come? What if power goes out? Lots of contingencies which I am sure made this whole process very complicated. I was working with them to make sure I could get in and out of DC for the meeting. Or, at least I hoped to. Airports ended up shut down. Luckily OARC saw that it was going to be unworkable and cancelled the meeting the Saturday before.
The people of the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) were working very hard to put this workshop together. Working hard on contingency plans. Working on the weekend. All this while a hurricane was bearing down on their homes. Thank you, OARC staff. I appreciate the dedication and the hard work.
By Matt Carey
Note: I serve as a public member to the IACC but my comments here and elsewhere are my own.