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College Professor With Autism Empowers Others

"No one character in a movie or other media can represent the entire spectrum — but they do teach us what some of the characteristics of autism are." This professor at Adelphi University spoke to Brut about promoting fulfilling, productive lives for people with autism.

People on the autism spectrum have similar characteristics no matter their nationality or race

Stephen Shore was diagnosed with autism when he was 18 months. Now aged 57, he’s a professor of special education at Adelphi University in New York State. His parents implemented an intervention program emphasizing music, movement, and imitation, so that he could open up to others. Shore was able to speak when he was 4. He later got into higher grades and got a master’s in music and a doctorate in education. Shore has written and co-authored books about autism, the books include: College for Students with Disabilities, Understanding Autism for Dummies, Ask and Tell, and Beyond the Wall. He’s noticed an evolution in the way people see autism, which he calls the “3 As of autism.”

“People on the autism spectrum have similar characteristics no matter their nationality or race. However, there are great differences in societal awareness, acceptance and appreciation of people on the autism spectrum throughout the world. For example, Finnish people with Asperger Syndrome are accepted into society without question. They are completing doctoral degrees and serving in influential fields like psychology. Not doing so because of Asperger Syndrome would be the same, in Finland, as being disqualified from an academic program because the applicant wears glasses. When I was diagnosed, there was just autism. In my situation, most people, and I consider myself to have Asperger syndrome.”

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 Association, The US Autism and Asperger Association, the Scientific Counsel of OAR, and other autism related organizations. Shore is fighting for autistic self-advocacy. Because there's diversity within the spectrum, some autistic people can also be valued for their contributions to society.

Brut.

07/29/2019 10:19 AMupdated: 07/29/2019 12:55 PM
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23 comments

  • Cesar A.
    07/29/2019 23:04

    Y SI LO MATARON EN EL CAMINO AL HOSPITAL, MEJOR UNA MIERDA MENOS,

  • Lukachi B.
    07/30/2019 03:14

    Awesome

  • Dean J.
    07/30/2019 10:16

    I know how he feels I have this problem with aspergers syndrome

  • Ziah A.
    07/30/2019 10:41

    ITS GOOD HE EDUCATES HIMSELF THAT IMPROVES HIS PERSONALITY FOR THE BETTER ONE..

  • Jacqui B.
    07/30/2019 10:44

    Ani Naleca

  • Ziah A.
    07/30/2019 10:45

    I ADMIRE HIM FOR BEING SO EDUCATED PERSON NOW.. WITH THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF HIS PARENTS HE SUCCEEDED YOUR VERY LUCKY TO HAVE SUCH WONDERFUL PARENTS.. GID BLESS

  • Ziah A.
    07/30/2019 10:46

    HI DR STEPHEN SHORE.. I ADMIRE YOU FOR BEING SO POSITIVE AND EDUCATE YOURSELF FOR THE BETTER..

  • Kelvin R.
    07/30/2019 11:11

    the way he acts is not autistic

  • Sesha
    07/30/2019 15:06

    Bvbbv

  • Kmi R.
    07/30/2019 15:48

    People with autism not autistic people, is an elemental rule to put first the person and then the illness because not being neuro-typical doesn’t define the person.

  • Corazon L.
    07/30/2019 17:03

    I admire you being pasitive well educated God bless and more power to you

  • Sharon A.
    07/30/2019 18:13

    Adelphi - my alma mater. Loved the respect for inquiry as in the buttons at the library "There are no stupid questions".

  • Mounira B.
    07/30/2019 19:53

    pour samo

  • Shanila K.
    07/30/2019 20:18

    show this to batool plz

  • Gloria C.
    07/30/2019 23:30

    Good job

  • Paula N.
    07/30/2019 23:38

    Wonderful 👍👌👏

  • Danielle M.
    07/31/2019 13:47

    Dr Shore was my professor at Adelphi while I was in the education program! It was both eye opening and inspiring to be taught by a professor who was on the Autism spectrum as it gave a whole new perspective to the course and helped me to grow to understand my future students better. I'm lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from him.

  • Tek S.
    07/31/2019 15:33

    Amazing!

  • Fy R.
    07/31/2019 19:04

    My son has autism. Seeing this kind of video gives me lots of hope, but at the same time makes me very sad because there are no structure for autistic people in my country, Madagascar.

  • Danilo F.
    09/13/2019 23:56

    Jhh