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AFAM June 2017 (pdf)

Message from the Chairman:

All of us at AFAM were saddened to learn that DDS Commissioner Elin Howe will be retiring on
July 17, 2017. During her 10 years in that vital position, she has been a stalwart supporter of
services for people of all ages who are challenged by an autism spectrum disorder as well as
other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Families have known that they could trust her to
“fight the good fight” on behalf of their loved ones.

Over the past ten years, we have met with her on many occasions to discuss issues of great
importance to the autism community. Her door has always been open, and she has not shied
away from facing challenging questions. While we have not always agreed, we recognized early
on that she brought compassion and integrity to her work. She embodies the best of public
service, and does so with class and dignity.

We wish her well as she moves into a new phase of her life, and we thank her for all she has done
to improve the lives of our loved ones.

Michael J. Borr
AFAM Chairman

AFAM June 2017 (pdf)


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