Lisa Jo Rudy is the parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder and a professional writer. Since 2003, Lisa has been a leader in public education on the subject of autism in the community. In 2005, she worked with the YMCA to create a unique, inclusive summer camp program for children with autism. In 2006, she became the About.com Guide to Autism, writing hundreds of articles and blogs about the topic of autism for the New York Times Company website. Also in 2006, she presented a workshop to the Association of Science-Technology Museums on the topic “Welcoming Kids Who Learn Differently.” Her book Get Out, Explore and Have Fun: How Families of Children with Autism or Asperger Syndrome Can Get the Most Out of Community Activities (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) was published in 2010, and she presented that year on the same topic for the Autism Society of America. An article on museum access for families with autistic children appeared in the March/April 2011 edition of the American Association of Museum’s trade publication, Museum Magazine. Since then, Lisa has consulted on autism inclusion to several major museums in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Lisa is delighted to be taking part in Autism After 16.
Transition planning, in its most basic sense, means figuring out what you want to do in the next stage of your life, gaining the skills and resources you need to do it, and then doing it.
Fitness and autism are rarely paired—and the pairing becomes less frequent as people with autism grow up.
Many teens with autism spectrum disorders are capable of managing ordinary activities, yet their social and executive functioning skills are not up to the level of their peers.
As a parent, you are a legal guardian. You're responsible for your child's welfare, education and health. As the parent of a child with autism, of course, you're also responsible for therapies
As we get older, one of the major decisions that we have to make is when to retire. For some people, their employer makes that decision for them with a “forced retirement.”
The future creeps up on you when you’re busy doing other things. Deadlines and decisions come jumping at you just when you start to relax.
Last week, Cameron had an interview with the director of a postsecondary program we are considering. The interview was done via Skype.
Being a self-advocate in the autism community for the past several years has definitely had a few perks here and there.
Last night I had a dream that found me raging through my childhood home. For some reason, I was very angry with my family.
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