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Dr. Stephen Shore Ed.D Speaks at Charles River Center

Charles River Center Needham

Many thanks to Dr. Stephen Shore, who spoke at the Charles River Center on Friday, May 12, 2019.  Dr. Shore, who himself has autism, gave a lecture entitled "Life On and Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum:  An Inside View Towards Success."  Some of the areas discussed included classroom accommodation, teaching of musical instruments, as well as issues faced by adults such as relationships, self-advocacy, higher education, and employment. He ended with a short audience activity demonstrating what it feels like have autism and to struggle through some of the challenges surrounding communication and socialization. 


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 AssociationThe US Autism and Asperger Association, the Scientific Counsel of OAR, and other autism related organizations

Again, many thanks to Dr. Shore for sharing his inspirational story with us.

For more information, visit his website:

Dr. Stephen Shore