RettEd Webinar | Transitioning into Adulthood, Part 3
Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Date: December 6, 2022
Time: 1-2 pm ET


Quality of Life Options by Real-Life Families
Every individual with Rett syndrome is unique and while our paths may be similar, no family’s Rett journey is the same. This is especially true as our children grow into adults; while they don’t outgrow their need for us, there is no one ideal or specific policy roadmap to help navigate our loved ones’ Rett journey into adulthood. But with proper planning, goals, and vision, we can ensure this journey leads to an enriched adulthood.

In the 3rd talk in our 3-part series on navigating adulthood in Rett syndrome, join us for a candid conversation with families who have navigated this process to provide the best quality of care, constructing meaningful lives for their adult loved ones while caring for themselves too. Learn about what you need to change, what needs to be secured, and what creative living and life options are out there for your adult with Rett syndrome from families who have been through this before. The panel includes:

  • Paul and Janelle Jochim, parents to Jill (age 46)
  • Megan Ladenburger and Mom Shanna Sowers, sister and mom to Brittany (age 34)
  • Theresa Bartolotta, mom to Lisa (age 33)
  • Moderator: Paige Nues, IRSF Family Empowerment Director and mom to Katie (age 20)
  • Special Guest: Sheila Lullo, Special Projects Coordinator of Quality Outcomes at Clearbrook in Illinois, a provider of community-based residential options, day programs, and more to adult individuals with special needs.

Join us for the webinar as our panel shares their real-life experiences and the process they went through in choosing Day Programs, Self-Directed Programming, Residential Care, and more.

Thank you to our RettEd Empowerment Sponsor, Acadia Pharmaceuticals, for helping IRSF provide educational resources and support to families affected by Rett syndrome.

Medical Disclaimer: All information, content, and material provided in this webcast is for informational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Hannah’s 11th Annual Art Show for IRSF
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm

Hannah’s 11th Annual Art Show for IRSF

Date: Saturday, December 10th
Time: 2pm-4pm ET
Location: Four Corners Art Gallery
148 N Main St, Mooresville, NC 28115

Join Hannah Carpenter for her annual art show for IRSF. Hannah works tirelessly all year long with her art instructor to create beautiful pieces of art. They are transformed into calendars, notecards and print all for sale at her holiday show. Proceeds benefit IRSF. Please direct any questions to Trisha Carpenter (Hannah’s mom) at [email protected]

Hannah’s Hope Golf Tournament
Apr 24 @ 7:00 am


Date: Monday, April 24, 2023
Time: Registration 7:00 am ET; First flight tee off 8:30 am ET
Location: Hillcrest Golf & Country Club (4011 N Boston Ave, Lubbock, TX 79415)
Continental breakfast items available and lunch will be provided

We invite you to take part in the First Annual Hannah’s Hope Golf Tournament rescheduled for April 24, 2023 at Hillcrest Country Club. This tournament will benefit the International Rett Syndrome Foundation in honor of Hannah Hooks.

The inspiration behind our tournament is 10-year-old Hannah Hooks. Hannah lives in Lubbock and is in 5th grade at Lubbock-Cooper West Elementary. Hannah was born with a rare disease called Rett Syndrome. Rett syndrome is a rare genetic neurological disorder that leads to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of the child’s life. In April of 2022 IRSF hosted their National Science and Family Summit and presented an update on a treatment for Rett Syndrome. Rett Syndrome has been treated in mice and there are multiple clinical trials going on throughout the world to bring a cure to the males and females living with Rett. A treatment for Rett will also lead to breakthroughs in many other diseases and disorders. In order to continue research, organizations like International Rett Syndrome Foundation need funds to contribute to the many companies who are seeking a treatment.

Information & Registration

2023 IRSF Rett Syndrome Scientific Meeting
Jun 5 – Jun 7 all-day

Date: June 5-7, 2023
Time: All Day
Location: Nashville, Tennessee


The research community is invited to join us in Nashville once again for the 2023 IRSF Rett Syndrome Scientific Meeting next June! The goal of this meeting is to bring together researchers studying Rett and related fields in academia, industry, and governmental agencies from all around the world. Together, we will continue to break down barriers and discuss ways to leverage learning in the lab to be rapidly deployed to the clinic. The meeting will consist of both poster and oral presentation sessions focused on basic, translational, and clinical work on Rett syndrome.

The abstract submission deadline is February 10, 2023. We invite all researchers to share their findings and join us to discuss the latest in Rett syndrome science.

Information on registration, accommodations, and more coming in early 2023.

2023 RettAway
Jun 22 – Jun 25 all-day

Date: June 22-25, 2023
Location: Morgan’s Wonderland Accessible Theme Park (5223 David Edwards, San Antonio, TX 78233)

Save the date to join us at Morgan’s Wonderland Accessible Theme Park! We’ll be spending the day at Morgan’s Inspiration Island Splash Experience, a tropical-island paradise with colorful splashpads, a river boat adventure ride, and more!

More information coming soon!