Relationships and Sexuality for People with Autism: Reaching a Greater Understanding
Speaker: Stephen Shore
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 adulthood. Presented from the viewpoint of a person diagnosed with autism, participants will gain a greater understanding of the 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.
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, Stephenis 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.