February 18, 2016

This week in USAAA WeeklyNews - Special Edition

Dr. Stephen M. Shore - World Renowned Professor of Special Education - back from Siberia

Reflections on the International Autism Conference: Siberia by Melissa Daly of Birmingham Rep Theatre

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Dr. Stephen M. Shore, EdD - World Renowned Professor of Special Education - back from Siberia

By Stephen M. Shore, EdD, US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board Member

After presenting in Moscow 5 times in the last 18 months I was excited to travel all the way to Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Located in the center of the Asian land mass and about 2,000 miles from the closest ocean, notions of the conference being held in an igloo quickly vanished to reveal a city of over a million people, universities, stores, cars, and everything else. In Krasnoyarsk, I found a thriving center of research on autism involving many people in the autism community such as Olga Bogdashina, Adam Feinstein, Igor Shpitsberg, and made many more new friends. The organizer of the conference Елена Черенёва (Elena Chernova), was a gracious host and put together a great event that will move understanding of and support of people with autism forward.

Using my autobiography as a structure, my presentation focused on my suggestions where policy for supporting individuals with autism should focus. A lifespan approach beginning with early intervention leading to meaningful inclusion in education and the community, followed by supporting the all important navigation of transition to the adult world of employment, housing, relationships, and education. As for the individuals with autism... they were the same in Krasnoyarsk as everywhere else!

PS. I am returning to Moscow on 13 April.

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Dr. Shore is in his 7th year as a professor of special education at Adelphi University, his travels to educate and raise awareness about autism continue, having presented in 46 out of the 50 United States, and in 40 countries across 6 of the 7 continents across the globe.

Dr. Shore will be interviewed in an exclusive "One on One " and participating on a self-advocacy panel at the 2016 USAAA 11th Annual World Conference in Louisville, KY, August 18-20, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Louisville.

"Our goal should be to help persons with autism understand and use their strengths to work around any presenting challenges so they, just like everyone else, has an equal chance at living a fulfilling and productive life."
- Stephen M. Shore, EdD (USAAA Advisory Board Member)

Reflections on the International Autism Conference: Siberia

Guest blogger and Upfront network member, Melissa Daly of Birmingham Rep Theatre, reflects on her fascinating trip to Siberia; attending the International Autism Conference and getting a glimpse of special needs education in a very different culture.

On the 31st October 2015, I set off on a journey to Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. Richard Hayhow (Open Theatre Company) had been invited to share his theatre practice at The International Conference Comprehensive Support for people with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder – which is now widely referred to as 'Autistic Spectrum Condition' in the UK) from the 5 -7 November 2015. I have been working closely with Richard for some time now and was delighted to go along and support him in this.

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