In “Love Anthony” by Lisa Genova as the book draws to a close the author states, “Over and over, I read and heard this statement from parents and professionals: If you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism,” Genova goes on to conclude the book with, “The spectrum is long and wide, and we’re all on it. Once you believe this, it becomes easy to see how we’re all connected.”
Ido in Autismland is the non-fiction story of Ido Kedar – you can learn a great deal about Ido online. This story in the LA times includes video which illustrates that behavior issues and challenges associated with autism can certainly impact reactions to the student, reactions that on more than one occasion lead to judgments about capability and capacity to learn which were far from the truth. Ido started out very low tech, identifying letters, then typing at first with hand over hand and even his father didn’t believe at first that it was Ido doing the typing rather than mom.
Naturally, this doesn’t mean the journey is an easy one, a spectrum is called a spectrum for a reason but the guiding principle of assuming competence, assuming the student is trying to communicate is fundamental to moving forward.
Websites and other books:
Paula Kluth has written several books and maintains her website at Paulakluth.com
James Elder Robinson’s non-fiction book is an autobiography sharing the story of growing up in the 70’s and 80’s diagnosed with Aspergers (now classified as an autism spectrum disorder) ever wonder where the rock band KISS got all the crazy guitars? Robinson’s your guy.
The spark is one mom’s story of her son’s experiences from infancy through non-communicative autism to genius – Jake’s ted talk his here
And a 60 Min special piece can be watched here.