Queensland's most experienced provider of specialised education and therapy services for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Dr Stephen Shore


Dr Stephen Shore is an internationally renowned educator, consultant, and author on lifespan issues in the area of education, relationships, employment, and self-advocacy. Currently the Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University in the US, he is known for his groundbreaking work in the autism field. Stephen is also now a powerful autistic advocate for the wider community. 

Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment, Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalisation. Nonverbal until the age of 4, with support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a full time professor at Adelphi University in the US, and adjunct at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is an internationally renowned educator, consultant and author on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, and self-advocacy. His most recent book College for Students with Disabilities combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education.

Stephen currently holds a number of board positions including for the Organisation for Autism Research (OAR), President Emeritus of the Asperger/Autism Network, and advisory board member of the Autism Society. He also serves on the advisory boards for the Asperger's Association of New England and other autism-related organisation. 


Presentation Overview

Friday 22 May

4 A’s of Autism: Awareness, Acceptance, Appreciation & Action as a Pathway to Fulfilling and Productive Lives

Join Stephen in his mission of improving lives of individuals with autism through exploring the “4 A’s of Autism” that individuals, organisations, and even entire countries experience. An autobiographical structure combining experiences of others on the autism spectrum, in making fulfilling and productive lives for individuals with autism the rule rather than the exception will be used to charge participants to reframe their thinking away from deficit, disorder, and deficit towards seeking abilities based on individual strengths. 

Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum

At some point in our 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 autism on obtaining accommodations and greater mutual understanding.  Material from this workshop can be used to enable persons with autism reach their potential for leading fulfilling and productive lives in employment, education, relationships, interdependent living, and in the community.  

Promoting Successful Transition to Adulthood for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Achieving a best outcome for a productive transition to adulthood requires sufficient self-awareness in what it means to be on the autism spectrum as a foundation for successful navigation of the adult worlds of employment, relationships and sexuality, continuing education, interdependent living, and self-advocacy. Participants will come away with practical solutions for educating and supporting individuals on the autism spectrum for leading fulfilling and productive lives in society.

Opening Doors for Employment: Promoting Success for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Nearly all individuals on the autism spectrum have difficulty selling themselves in job interviews and maintaining working relationships on the job. Employing personal experiences and those of other adults with autism, Stephen will share some strategies for people throughout the autism spectrum to prepare for, find and secure career-oriented jobs. Other topics will include the hidden rules of the work environment, dealing with sensory issues, effective self-advocacy skills, and developing successful interactions with co-workers and supervisors.

Relationships and Sexuality for People with Autism: Reaching a Greater Understanding

An often misunderstood and confusing topic, sexuality of people on the autism spectrum is part of the natural developmental process of transition through puberty into successful adulthood. Presented from the viewpoint of a person diagnosed with autism, participants will gain a greater understanding of the feelings, physical responses, levels of interest in sex, and addressing the social challenges as well as practical solutions for supporting people across the autism spectrum in the area of sexuality and intimate relationships. Focusing on the characteristics of autism as something to be worked with rather than against, this presentation employs a lifespan approach for examining materials and practice for educating students with autism in achieving meaningful friendships, developing intimate relationships, and engaging in responsible sexuality. 

Saturday 23 May

Promoting Social Inclusion of People with Autism in Education

This presentation examines the development and use of educational accommodations in inclusion settings as extensions of good teaching practice. For example, a student with autism in a regular education choral class who is unable to stand still and sing can be afforded another way of meaningfully participating in the choir performance. Attendees will come away with easy to implement, practical solutions for including children with autism into the regular education experience.           

Senses and Sensibilities:  An Inside View on Recognising and Supporting Individuals with Sensory Issues

The variation in perception of sensory stimuli for many with autism often causes great discomfort and the information received may be not even be usable. The aim of this presentation is to enable susceptible individuals and those close to them to avoid and minimize the effect of sensory overload through easy to implement solutions, thereby enabling those with sensory issues to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

Bullying: Practical solutions for eradicating bullying for individuals with autism and other special needs

Many people on the autism spectrum experience bullying in school, in the community, and even into adulthood resulting in possible life-long negative implications such as lowered self-esteem, difficulties in relationships, and depression. This presentation will focus on informing parents, educators, clinicians, and others on how to identify and eradicate bullying on the individual, classroom, and school-wide levels. 

Autism Ask & Tell: Open Q & A on information you need about autism in education, family life, and more

With energy and humor, Stephen shares the top 10 things he believes you need to know when working with students on the autism spectrum and their parents. Stephen would also like to answer your questions, so ample time will be left following his talk to ask any questions you might have.

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