My name is Anne Carpenter and I am the librarian for the Autism Society of Michigan and a woman with autism. Even though there is a great deal of coverage of autism in the media, many questions about the disorder remain. Parents and teachers are always seeking information about autism spectrum disorder. There are many “experts” in the autism field who have studied for many years but the “true” experts are the individuals with autism spectrum disorders themselves because they are actually experiencing autism and can speak from the inside.
When someone in the autism field gives advice it can be very helpful but when an individual with an autism spectrum disorder gives information or advice, it has a great deal more power and is more creditable because the person is speaking from personal experience. It is important to hear from the “experts,” as this will considerably increase our understanding of autism and how to help people on the Spectrum to live happy, productive, meaningful lives.
My strengths in this arena are helping parents when a child is newly diagnosed, sensory issues, seeing challenging behavior as ways of communicating and adapting to the environment, transition issues, employment, and living as an adult with an autism spectrum disorder. I invite your questions, but be patient; I’ll answer as many as I can as soon as I can!