Autism Conference Online Presenter
Nonverbal until four and diagnosed with "atypical development with strong autistic tendencies," Stephen Shore was regarded as "too sick" to be treated on an outpatient basis and recommended for institutionalization.
Fortunately, his parents disagreed. With their persistence and the help of teachers and other friends and professionals, Stephen has gained more ground than anyone would have thought possible from that original diagnosis! He is now completing his doctoral degree in special education at Boston University with a focus on helping people on the autism spectrum develop their capacities to the fullest extent possible.
In addition to working with children and advocating for a better quality of life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure. In his book Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, he shares his love of music and learning as he walks us through the heartaches and triumphs of his life as an Aspie.
He also serves on the board of the Autism Society of America,
as board president of the Aspergerís Association of New England,
and is on the Board of Directors for Unlocking Autism, the Autism
Services Association of Massachusetts, MAAP Services, The College
Intership Program, and the KEEN Foundation.