21 Feb Autism Panel | Differently Abled
Please join us as Jamey Wolff, co-founder and Program Director of Center for Spectrum Services, Kingston, NY, moderates a conversation with writers Ann Martin, Carolyn Parkhurst and John Elder Robison, as they discuss living with and writing about high functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome.
Ann M. Martin is the New York Times-bestselling author of Rain Reign and many other award-winning novels and series, including the much-loved Baby-Sitters Club.
Rain Reign is a New York Times–bestselling middle grade novel about Rose, her dog, and the trials of growing up in a complicated and often scary world. Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose’s obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different – not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father. Hearts will break and spirits will soar for this powerful story, brilliantly told from Rose’s point of view.
After living in New York City for many years, Ann moved to the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, where she now lives with her cats, Gussie, Pippin, and Simon. Her hobbies are reading, sewing, and needlework. Her favorite thing to do is to make clothes for children.
Carolyn Parkhurst is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Dogs of Babel, Lost and Found, and The Nobodies Album.
Her newest book, Harmony, hooks readers from page one, as the Hammond family is tested against both the daily frustrations of raising a special needs child and the trauma of surviving the unthinkable. Told from the alternating perspectives of Alexandra and her daughter Iris, Harmony is both a sensitive portrait of a mother trying to do her best and an edge-of-your-seat compulsively readable drama.
Carolyn lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.
John Elder Robison is an autistic adult who grew up undiagnosed and wild in a world of machines. John is the author of Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, Raising Cubby, and Switched On.
At 16, he was lord and master of a small tractor and a CDC3600 computer. At 21, he was the engineer for KISS, where he designed their signature special effects guitars. In search of greater challenges, John went on to design systems for underground nuclear tests, which led him to establish a business restoring fine motorcars. John has appeared on a number of radio and television shows. He is currently the Neurodiversity Scholar at The College of William & Mary, a Visiting Professor of Practice at Bay Path University, and an advisor to the neurodiversity initiative at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.
He lives in Western Massachusetts, with his wife Maripat and an Imperial Chinese War Pug.
Jamey Wolff MA, CAS is cofounder and Program Director of the Center for Spectrum Services (formerly known as The Children’s Annex). For over 40 years, Center for Spectrum Services has provided model programs for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. Under her leadership, Spectrum Services has grown to serve over 275 individuals yearly in day schools in Kingston and Ellenville, New York, in community-based programs for toddlers and preschoolers and through the Spectrum Services Outreach Program providing diagnostic evaluations, counseling, program consultations, conferences and trainings in best practices for people with known or suspected autism of all ages.
Jamey is an appointed member of the Special Education Advisory Panel to the New York State Commissioner of Education. She produced and directed The Asperger’s Difference: A film for and about young people with Asperger Syndrome and served on the National Advisory Board of Autism Training Solutions. Jamey consults and presents nationally on best educational practices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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