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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People with Disabilities

Presented by the Andover Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)
Sponsored by Olivia's Organics

The Andover Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites you to attend a workshop conducted by Stephen Shore, Ph.D. This event is free and open to the public.

At some point in their lives, everyone has to advocate for their own needs and disclose the reasons why. Beginning with a definition of self-advocacy and a process for considering disclosure, participants will learn the importance of gaining self-awareness, communication skills and procedures to effectively educate people with disabilities on obtaining accommodations and greater mutual understanding.

Material from this workshop can be used to enable persons with autism and other conditions to reach their potential for leading fulfilling and productive lives in employment, education, relationships, interdependent living and in the community.

When:    7:00pm Thursday, October 3, 2013

Where:  West Middle School
                  70 Shawsheen Rd.
                  Andover, MA  01810

About Dr. Stephen Shore

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

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, the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies, and the newly released DVD Living along the Autism Spectrum: What it means to have Autism or Asperger Syndrome.

President emeritus of the Asperger's Association of New England and former board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore serves on the boards of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, the Autism Services Association, and other autism related organizations.

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