On Thursday, October 15, 2015 the 15th Annual Disability and Spirituality Conference was held at Allied Services Heinz Rehab Hospital. Lindsay Rysz of Wyoming was presented with The Patricia Foy Memorial Award for Courage.

The award, in memory of the late Patsy Foy of Ashley, is presented annually to a person in the community who has a disability but has triumphed beyond it. This year’s recipient, Lindsay Rysz, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, and used her personal knowledge of the form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to begin the first support group in the area for adults who have Asperger’s Syndrome.

Lindsay also participated in a panel discussion during the conference, giving insight into what a person living with Asperger’s Syndrome experiences, and also took part in several case studies about ASD. Mrs. Rysz lives with her husband in Wyoming, and is employed by The Wyoming Free Library.

PHOTO ID: Left to right, Julie Miller, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Therapist at the Heinz Rehab Hospital; Mrs. Rysz; and Atty. William Conaboy, President of Allied Services Integrated Health System

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