Understanding Autism for Dummies

I take off tomorrow for the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim. I’m pretty excited about the trip, and have been checking out the online schedule ahead of time to figure out which author sessions to go to and which exhibit booths to check out.

One booth on the list that caught my eye (okay, my ear) is Wiley – they published Understanding Autism for Dummies, written by Stephen Shore, Linda G. Rastelli and Temple Grandin.

Featuring inspiring autism success stories as well as a list of organizations where people who support those with autism can go for additional help, it offers practical advice on how to educate children as well as insights on helping people with autism use their strengths to maximize their potential in life.

Stephen Shore, EdD, serves on the board for several autism spectrum-related organizations and he has written Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome and edited Ask and Tell: Self Advocacy and Disclosure For People on the Autism Spectrum. Linda G. Rastelli is a veteran journalist who specializes in health and business. Temple Grandin, PhD, is the author of the bestselling Thinking in Pictures and Emergence: Labeled Autistic.

Stephen Shore and Easter Seals President and CEO Jim Williams at the 2007 Easter Seals Training Conference.We at Easter Seals have a special connection to Dr. Stephen Shore. Shore is executive director of Autism Spectrum Disorder Consulting and serves on the board of the Autism Society of America (ASA). His books about autism are available at the Easter Seals and Autism bookstore, and you can read a review of his book, Beyond the Wall, on our blog.

Stephen Shore gave the keynote address at the Easter Seals 2007 Easter Seals Training Conference — he is a well-known public speaker, and at the conference he provided a personal perspective on the experience of living with autism. I was among the 400+ people in attendance for that speech, which was the highlight of the conference.

I’ve learned a lot about autism from Dr. Shore and my colleagues here at Easter Seals, but I know there’s always more to learn. I’ll check out Understanding Autism for Dummies at the Wiley booth and let you know what I find out!


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