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Beyond the Wall


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Foreword by Temple Grandin. Preface. Acknowledgements. The Castle. Chapter one: A slice of life. Chapter two: My early life. Chapter three: Sinking into the grip of Autism - Mother's recollections of my early life. Chapter four: The putnam period The Classroom. Chapter five: Nursery School Accomodating sensory sensitivities, outer and inner senses. Chapter six: The wonder and terror of school. Chapter seven: More wonder than terror in High School. Chapter eight: More wonder than terror in high school. Chapter nine: Heaven at last - in College. Dating. Meeting my future wife. About my husband. Movies and TV. Chapter ten: The world of work: from more conformity to less. Where do I fit in? Emotional aftermath. Dealing with emotions. Chapter eleven: Back to school: Master's and Doctorate degrees. The three modes of world. Chapter twelve: Revisiting the Castle. Cyberspace for people like me. The language and cognitive development center. Meeting Dr. Arnold Miller. Chapter thirteen: Challenging the walls. How the Autistic disorder is now classified. Autism compared with other disorders. The Autism spectrum. Putting my journey through the autism spectrum in context. Overcoming the wall. Chapter fourteen: Cleared for takeoff. Commencement. Presentations. Advocacy. Political involvement. What's next for me? A challenge to the autism spectrum community. Chapter fifteen: Epilogue and charge of responsibility. Appendix A: An interview with Daniel Rosenn, M.D. Appendix B: Getting ready for college. References.

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Stephen Shore: Diagnosed with "atypical development with strong autistic tendencies" and nonverbal until age four, Stephen Shore was viewed as "too sick" to be treated on an outpatient basis. Stephen Shore is now completing his doctoral degree in special education at Boston University with a focus on helping people on the autism spectrum develop their capacities to the fullest extent possible.


Praise for the First Edition:'In Beyond the Wall Stephen Shore provides an unusually interesting, well-written and insightful autobiographical account of the life of a person with high-functioning autism/ Asperger Syndrome. This is a "user-friendly" book: Stephen is a courteous and well-informed tour guide, who makes our visit with him both enjoyable and informative. Highly recommended. '

-- Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., director, Autism Research Institute.
Stephen's words softened my heart. They made me proud to be a fellow aspie. I am certain everyone who reads Stephen's book will come away inspired by his life's story, honoured by his decision to share so much of who he is, and touched by his honesty and courage. More importantly I am quite certain his readers will forever more look upon people with any difference, particularly those on the light end of autism or Asperger syndrome, as fine and nobly interesting people who have so very much to offer this society we all share. -- Liane Holliday Willey.
Stephen Shore's unique perspective makes this autobiography a wonderful, inspirational and educational book. The author provides valuable practical information that will benefit both parents and professionals. -- Stanley D.Klein, Ph.D, co-editor, You Will Dream New Dreams, Inspiring Personal Stories by Parents of Children with Disabilities.
In this autobiography [Stephen Shore] explores experiences of autism - painful memories of early schooling, terrors of his middle school, the rewards of college, problems in holding down a job and 10 years of marriage...This painful but exhilarating story reveals how much more there is to learn about autism. -- Community Care

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