Last month, the PresenceLearning team had the distinct pleasure of hosting one of the world’s leading authorities on autism (and frequent webinar presenter) Dr. Barry Prizant for an afternoon of fun, informative, and inspiring conversation. One question Dr. Prizant is regularly asked while on the road is “Who else should I be following to learn more about autism?” When we asked him this very question, Dr. Prizant shared the stories of a number of people doing outstanding work in the field, some of whom are also featured in his latest book Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism.
Dr. Stephen Shore
Dr. Stephen Shore was non-verbal until he was four years old, and was diagnosed with autistic tendencies. With support from many people throughout his life, today he is a professor at Adelphi University, where his research focuses on autism. An internationally recognized speaker, he is also the author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, and Understanding Autism for Dummies. For more information, visit https://www.autismasperger.net/.
Michael John Carley
Featured in Uniquely Human, Michael John Carley’s life is worthy of a full length novel or feature film. Living with undiagnosed with Asperger’s until he was an adult (he was finally diagnosed along with his four-year-old son), Michael struggled with social, communication, and behavior issues growing up. He was, however, a hard worker, waking up early in the morning to deliver newspapers, working after school polishing jewelry, and playing guitar in clubs at night. He began to achieve academically in the 10th grade, graduated college in three years, and became a Bertolt Brecht scholar — and that was just the beginning of an astonishing and fascinating career. Read more about him here.
Author and consultant Judy Endow, MSW, is no stranger to autism: she has autism, and so does one of her sons. Her award-winning books, DVDs, and blog have helped individuals and families around the world to understand more about ASD. Find out more about her publications and workshops here.
Brenda Smith Myles
Brenda Smith Myles is an internationally recognized authority on autism and a prolific author. You can check out her books here.
Elaine Hall is the founder of the Miracle Project, a theatre and arts program for individuals with autism and disabilities designed to build social and communication skills and foster greater self-esteem. The Miracle Project was featured in the 2007 HBO documentary “Autism: The Musical,” which received a Primetime Emmy and numerous awards from film festivals.
Pat Mirenda is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia. She is a leading authority on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and co-author of Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Supporting Children and Adults with Complex Communication Needs.