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Autism Expert Speaks Tuesday

Join Dr. Stephen Shore in his autobiographical journey from the nonverbal days as he relates his life to the many challenges facing people on the autism spectrum.

Shore’s talk, “Life on and Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum: An Inside View Towards Success,”¬†will be presented at 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 6 in Salter Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center.

Some of the areas discussed include classroom accommodation, teaching of musical instruments, as well as issues faced by adults such as relationships, self-advocacy, higher education, and employment.

The session ends with a short audience activity demonstrating what it feels like have autism and to struggle through some of the challenges surrounding communication and socialization.

Dr. Shore is Professor of Special Education¬†at Adelphi University. Diagnosed with “Atypical Development with strong autistic tendencies,” Dr. Shore was viewed as “too sick” to be treated on an outpatient basis and recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much help from his parents, teachers, and others, Stephen completed his doctoral dissertation at Boston University focused on matching best practice to the needs of people on the autism spectrum.

Dr. Shore will also present a talk entitled “The Current State of Autism and Advocacy Issues” on Wednesday, September 7 at 4:15 in Baxter 101.