As a toddler, Stephen Shore was struck with what he now describes as 'the Autism bomb', which, for most people at that time, would have meant a life sentence in an institution. His path however was one that would defy the expectations of that time. Through extensive support that would have seemed ground breaking for the mid 1960s, he became verbal by the age of 4, and continued to go from strength to strength. Click the video below to watch.
Dr. Stephen Shore (born September 27, 1961) is an autistic professor of special education at Adelphi University. He has written the books that include: College for Students with Disabilities, Understanding Autism for Dummies, Ask and Tell, and Beyond the Wall. Currently, he serves on the board of Autism Speaks, and is one of the first two autistic board members in its history, looking to improve the potential of those on the autism spectrum. He once headed the Asperger's Association of New England and was on the board of the Autism Society of America.
Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.
In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is internationally renowned for presentations, consultations and writings on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure. His most recent book College for Students with Disabilities combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education.
A current board member of Autism Speaks, president emeritus of the Asperger's Association of New England, and advisory board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore serves on the boards of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, The US Autism and Asperger Association, the Scientific Counsel of OAR, and other autism related organizations.
Presently my mission of making fulfilling and productive lives for autistic people the rule rather than the exception involves the following four activities:
1. Teaching and Research
As a professor of special education at Adelphi University I primarily teach and research on issues related to the autism spectrum. In collaboration with my colleagues, I developed an autism certificate program as well as teach other courses in special education. Read more...
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My goal is to make fulfilling and productive lives for autistic people the rule rather than the exception through my educational and research efforts, writings, giving workshops and presentations, as well as music lessons.
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