September 26, 2016

For most children, a new school year is new. It indicates a time for change: classroom, teacher, sometimes peers, and content. It often involves a shift in expectations or responsibilities, even slightly. It may involve a new building, or daily schedule. For many, the...

May 16, 2016

One of the greatest joys in my life is to observe people coming together in the face of challenges to take support and learn from each other. Yesterday's AAA Drive for Autism event with NASCAR was a perfect example of this.

In it's fifth year, this annual even...

May 3, 2016

Several years ago, while visiting Portugal to attend an international conference for Special Education, I had the great opportunity of volunteering at Centre Algarve. The run-down, family hotel had been purchased by British entrepreneur, Andy Mahony, over five yea...

April 24, 2016

The Hussman Institute, based in Maryland, USA, aims at greater knowledge of the neurobiological basis of individuals identified with Autism and offering a broad view of resources and supports to families and professionals. One of their primary principles is based on th...

April 7, 2016

One of the most exciting aspects of Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month for me is the international focus. As we hear about and see images of communities throughout the globe hosting events and sharing with others, we are reminded that Autism is not a nation's concer...

April 1, 2016

I recently gave a presentation for a large non-profit organization in the United States. They provide technical support for school leaders in a world-famous metropolitan area. The title of the presentation was "Identifying Appropriate Behavioral Expectations for Early...

July 15, 2015

After serving among the population of individuals with autism and their families for twenty years, I attended my first Autism Society of America's conference. To describe the experience in one word, it would be "dignity." The event carefully and skillfully held and gui...

June 29, 2015

I first became aware of the International Association of Special Education when I presented at a conference in Ghana, for the Autism Society of West Africa, in 2011. Since then, I have learned more about the incredible work they do around the world. The vision of the I...

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