I have great news about the agenda for the upcoming CFS Advisory Committee (CFSAC) meeting being held on June 13-14 in Washington, DC. Our attendance, testimony, and pleas at last May's meeting must have worked because they are devoting a large portion of Day 1's agenda to the topic of pediatric/early onset ME/CFS! Hurray!!
After years of feeling ignored, the large population of kids, teens, and young adults with ME/CFS will finally get some attention from this important committee that is chartered by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Here is a quick run-down of the relevant agenda items for June 13
Presentation by Dr. Peter Rowe, renowned pediatric CFS/OI expert
Presentation by Gail Houle, PhD, Associate Division Director of Special Education Programs, Department of Education
Panel Discussion, including Dr, Rowe and Dr. Houle, plus:
I am pleased to say that the 3 panel members representing young patients are all good friends of mine, all part of our local group of families affected by early-onset CFS. I am so excited that they will have such an active part in this meeting, telling the CFSAC member all about what life is like for kids and teens afflicted by ME/CFS. I was asked to be on the panel but will not be able to attend the meeting; I am thrilled by the final line-up.
In addition, public testimony will be heard at 3:30 pm on June 13 and 11:30 am on June 14.
So, this should be a good one! If you are unable to attend the CFSAC meeting in person, be sure to tune into the live video stream on June 13-14, Yes, due to popular demand, CFSAC has reinstated the live video feed! I think you will be able to access the live video at this link on the day of the meeting.