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Stephen Shore Stephen Shore

Assistant Professor of Special Education | Adelphi Unversity


Living with autism, Dr. Shore empowers participants to gain greater understanding for supporting individuals on the autism spectrum





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Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "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 in the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, and other autism related organizations.

Industry Expertise (3)

Social Services



Areas of Expertise (3)




Accomplishments (4)

Living Along the Autism Spectrum: What Does It Mean to have Autism or Asperger Syndrome (DVD)? (professional)

Stephen Shore, an individual on the spectrum who is also a professional in the field of ASD, and Robert Naseef, a psychologist who works primarily with families of children with disabilities and the father of a son with autism, covers topics such as sensory issues, social skills, anxiety, being different, family grief and anguish, siblings, empathy/compassion, as well as the cultural implications of ASD. Ideal for teacher training, professional development and for enhancing public awareness.

Understanding Autism For Dummies (professional)

Affecting more than 1 million people in the United States, this book explains the differences between various types of autism and delivers the lowdown on behavioral, educational, medical, other interventions. Featuring inspiring autism success stories as well as a list of organizations where people who support those with autism can go for additional help, it offers practical advice on how to educate children and adults with autism use their strengths to maximize their potential in life.

Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum (professional)

Edited by Stephen Shore, Ask and Tell aims to help people with autism effectively self-advocate in their pursuit of independent, productive, and fulfilling lives. Ask and Tell is unique by being the first book to speak to the twin issues of self-advocacy and disclosure for people with autism and by consisting exclusively including the cover art and the preface by Temple Grandin of contributions by those on the autism spectrum for persons on the spectrum.

Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, 2nd Ed. (professional)

Drawing on personal and professional experience, this book offers so much more than the traditional autobiography, Stephen Shore combines three voices to create a touching and, at the same time, highly informative book for parents, educators, therapists, and other professionals as well as individuals who have autism or Asperger Syndrome. Get a unique perspective on AS across the years!

Education (5)

Boston University: Ed.D., Special Education – Autism 2008

Specialized in autism spectrum disorders.

University of Massachusetts: Bachelor, Accounting and Information Systems 1986

Boston University: Master of Fine Arts, Music Education 2004

University of Massachusetts - Amherst: Bachelor, Music Education 1986

University of Massachusetts - Amherst: Bachelor, Music Education 1986

Affiliations (1)

  • Adelphi University

Sample Talks (1)

Life on and Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum: In Inside View Towards Success

Join Stephen in his autobiographical journey from the nonverbal days as he relates his life to the many challenges facing people on the autism spectrum. Some of the areas discussed include classroom accommodation, teaching of musical instruments, as well as issues faced by adults such as relationships, self-advocacy, higher education, and employment. The session ends with a short audience activity demonstrating what it feels like have autism and to struggle through some of the challenges surrounding communication and socialization.



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Author Appearance


2250 to 10000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee