Well-known autism advocate, GR supporter and Real Housewife Jacqueline Laurita recently shared her story of overcoming her fear of public speaking on Bravo’s RHONJ blog. Of challenging her phobia of public speaking for her son Nicholas and autism awareness, she says:
“I knew that to be an even better autism advocate, I needed to get over my fear of public speaking. My husband knew that as well, and he believed in me, so he put me up to speaking at “The Knock Out Autism” event at House of Sports in Ardsley, NY. The event was benefitting Generation Rescue. I wanted to do it so badly, but I was terrified. Generation Rescue was one of the first organizations my husband and I reached out to for help at the beginning of our autism journey along with Autism Speaks. We knew that Jenny McCarthy was involved in that organization, and since I had read her books about her and her son Evan’s journey with autism, I really wanted to ask her some questions about how she recovered her son.
My husband and I met with Jenny and Generation Rescue’s Executive Director, Candace McDonald, even before Nicholas got his Autism diagnosis. They led Chris and I to the right doctors and shared other resources with us. Generation Rescue has been very supportive. Since my husband and I were so grateful for all of their help, Chris decided to give a portion of the BLK beverages proceeds back to Generation Rescue for rest of 2013. Generation Rescue is a national non-profit organization providing immediate treatment assistance, information, and hope to families affected by autism spectrum disorders.
You’ll be happy to hear that since then, I have spoken at several Autism events. Chris and I were one of the key note speakers on a panel with Jenny McCarthy and Alexis Wineman (Miss Montana) at an Autism One Conference held in Chicago. It was quite the experience.”
You can read the full article on the Bravo website here.
Thanks Jacqueline for sharing your story and spotlighting the work we do!