Diagnosed with "Atypical Development with strong autistic tendencies," Stephen Shore was viewed as "too sick" to be treated on an outpatient basis and recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four years of age, and with much help from his parents, teachers, and others, Stephen Shore has completed his doctoral degree in special education at Boston University with a focus on helping people on the autism spectrum develop their capacities to the fullest extent possible.
In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his books, Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum and Understanding Autism for Dummies.
Stephen is on Autism Society of America’s national and regional boards and president emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England. He serves on the Board of Directors for Unlocking Autism, the Autism Services Association of Massachusetts, MAAP, and the College Internship Program.
Stephen continues to serve the autism community in so many ways simply by sharing his own experiences as he provides parents with an opportunity to get inside the minds of their children by sharing his own thoughts and struggles about living on the autism spectrum.
Stephen M. Shore
Honorary Board Member