Dave is a writer, speaker, mountain biker, and author of the New York Times best-selling book, The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband. He's also an old friend who is as hilarious as he is heartwarming.
The Atlas Foundation for Autism, ADHD, LD and other learning differences was founded in order to give VOICE to students of all ages (3-21 years and beyond!) and all abilities (diagnosed with ASD, LD or other developmental differences and neuro-typical). Through classes and services, they help individuals find their own happiness, explore learning with love and passion, and to express themselves howsoever they choose. Atlas strivesto honor and embrace students' unique minds, spirits, and voices.
T. J. Harper is the Chair of the Department of Music, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. He is extremely active, both in the US and abroad, as a conductor, clinician, and jury member. He is also a dear colleague and one of the finest rehearsal technicians I've ever known.
The Art of Autism is devoted to empowering and connecting individuals within the autism community through participation in the Arts. They support artists, musicians and creative writers on the autism spectrum, raise awareness about autism and the arts, and strengthen the broader autism community. While there are many models about disability, The Art of Autism prefers the human rights and social model over the medical model, believing that disability rights are human rights and that people on the spectrum are different not less than.
Dr. Barry Prizant, author of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism, has more than 40 years experience as a clinical scholar, consultant, researcher and program consultant to children and older persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related developmental disabilities and their families. Over the past decade, Barry and his colleagues work has also focused on developing the SCERTS Model for individuals who have or are at-risk for social-communicative difficulties including autism, and their families.
Ethan Hirschberg, a sixteen year old with High Functioning Autism, created and manages this outstanding site and blog. He loves to write (especially blogging), hang out with family and friends, practice martial arts, and cook. Ethan aspires to one day either be a special education attorney (JD) or a behavior analyst (BCBA). He would also love to become an author as well as run my his business in one of these fields.
Alicia Trautwein is a mom of four children, all with different diagnoses. She found very few sites sharing personal accounts of raising multiple children on the spectrum, and thus, with a desire to spread awareness and help other parents, she created The Mom Kind. The site is dedicated to parents of neurodiverse families and covers topics that educate, encourage, involve, and sometimes just give you a great laugh!