Dr. Stephen Shore to Speak at Skyer Law Autism Conference Dec. 14th

Our December 14th conference, Autism & Education in New York City, will feature a keynote address by Dr. Stephen Shorea professor of Special Education at Adelphi University and the author of many highly regarded books on autism and education. Dr. Shore is also an autistic self-advocate. Every parent of a child with autism—young or older—should hear Dr. Shore speak. He is a memorable speaker, equal parts informative and inspiring, who has a gift for illuminating the experience of autism to parents and educators—with an eye to a child’s education planning.

Here is a description of his keynote:


Join Dr. Stephen Shore on an autobiographical journey beginning with his early nonverbal days as he relates his life to the many challenges facing people on the autism spectrum.  Some of the areas he will discuss include classroom accommodations, teaching musical instruments, and what he terms “The Hidden Curriculum.” He will also discuss the challenges faced by young adults and adults in regards to relationships, self-advocacy, higher education, and employment.  The talk includes an audience activity that helps to demonstrate what it feels like have autism and to struggle through some of the challenges surrounding communication and socialization.


Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and labeled as "too sick" for outpatient treatment, Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization as a child. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, he is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practices to the needs of people with autism.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is internationally renowned for presentations, consultations, and writings on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure. His most recent book College for Students with Disabilities combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education.

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 AssociationThe US Autism and Asperger Association, the Scientific Counsel of OAR, and other autism related organizations.

Learn more about Dr. Shore, his work, and his published works at www.autismasperger.net.

We are honored to announce the list of distinguished speakers who will speak on the above four panels, representing many of the finest clinicians, experts, programs, and schools in New York:

Chantal Aflalo (educational consultant), Michael Boardman (ABA supervisor, NYLEL Lifestart), Allison Graham Brown (Director of Professional Development, NYU ASD Nest Support Project), Dr. Jennifer Cross (developmental and behavioral pediatrician, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center), Dr. Rebecca Doggett (Clinical Director, ASD Service at NYU Child Study Center), Michelle Finkelman (Director, Harlem Center for Child Development), Dr. Iris Fishman (Director, Speech-Language-Hearing Disorders Clinic at the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at NYU), Lauren Gallo (Director of College Placement & Transition Planning, Winston Prep), Dr. Amy Davies Lackey (Education Director, Manhattan Childrens Center), Dr. Cecelia McCarton (developmental pediatrician; founder, The McCarton Center), Tina McCourt (Director, Rebecca School), Margaret Poggi (Head of School, LearningSpring), Julie Russell (Educational Director, Brooklyn Autism Center), Dr. Francis Tabone (Head of School, Cooke), Dr. Laura Tagliareni (neuropsychologist, Pediatric Assessment Learning & Support), Dr. Susan M. Vener (Director, New York Child Learning Institute)

The conference will held on December 14th, from 8:45am-2:15pm at the Forchelli Center at Brooklyn Law School, 205 State Street, 22nd Floor. Registration is $35 and includes lunch. (If you cannot afford this registration fee there are scholarships still available; please contact Eliyanna Kaiser.)