IBCCES Board Member and international speaker Dr. Stephen Shore was recently interviewed by Lime Connect. Read on for an excerpt and a link to the full interview delving into Dr. Shore's perspective as a professor and professional who happens to be on the autism spectrum:
LC: You've famously said, "If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism." Why is that an important point for people to understand about their interactions with individuals with autism, in particular?
The need for education and professional credentials today is very different from what it was just fifty years ago, when what you needed to get a good job was a high school diploma. That diploma provided a meal ticket that enabled a worker to get a good job that supported a family, paid the mortgage, bought a car, and provided a two-week family vacation each year. At that time, only 5% of American adults earned a bachelor’s degree, while 52% held a high school diploma. Over the years, high paying jobs in manufacturing disappeared. To get the good jobs, you needed a bachelor’s. By 1990, nearly 10% of adult Americans had a bachelor’s, and the pay gap between what they earned and what high... Read More
I love the classic Christmas song “ But let’s be honest, December can be a difficult month for most of us – with all the juggling, jingling, jangling, and jostling of added obligations and opportunities. For people affected by a challenging special need or disability, it can be extremely difficult. Between the extra-long list of “to-dos” for everyone, the sugary treats, decorating, shopping, junk food, programs, and family gatherings — the toll exacted from individuals with fragile systems can feel like pure drudgery instead of pure joy. School teachers often observe goal-digression in students instead of progress and harmony. So, if you’re a professional, feel free to pass... Read More
I have always wanted to be a travel agent since I was 18 and graduated from high school. My first trip was to Mexico with my cousins, and I was hooked. I went to travel school in the late 80s and had the privilege of working for AAA Nebraska for 5 years. I decided to open my own home-based travel agency about 12 years ago in a little town in Nebraska with a population of 450 people. I also have a teaching degree and substitute teach in our local K-12 grade schools. I have a lot of experience working with kiddos on the Autism spectrum, ranging from low to high-functioning.
I continue to substitute part-time to help our schools out when they need me to, but ... Read More