ASPIRES Authors

 

 

Reflections of Self, by Sondra Williams.

 

Sondra is a mother, spouse and one with High Functioning autism who shares her articles, poetry and thoughts.  This book is an excellent resource for parents, grandparents, professionals, and individuals with ASD!  ASPIRES is very proud of Sondra and the beautiful woman she has become.  She continues to be an inspiration to all of us.

 

 

To be released April 25, 2005

 

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Define Me

A DVD Resource by Sondra Williams
Sondra shares what it is like to have autism and The Gumball Theory of Language

 

 

 

 

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Ask and Tell:  Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum
By Stephen M. Shore 

Order from Autism Asperger Publishing Company at 877-277-8254

Press Release - Walking The Talk - "Edited by Stephen Shore, author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self- Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum aims to help people with autism effectively self-advocate in their pursuit of independent, productive, and fulfilling lives."

    

 

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Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook : An Employment Workbook for Adults with Asperger Syndrome
by Roger N. Meyer

"Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers January 2001, this workbook is designed as a self-paced guide for mature adults with Asperger Syndrome. Through a complete review of three periods in the reader's work life, this guide assists the reader to compose his/her autobiographical work history based upon understanding the impact of Asperger Syndrome on their employment experiences.

Roger N. Meyer is a Portland Oregon resident. He was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (AS) in 1997. He was a cabinetmaker for 26 years, and had a parallel volunteer career as a counselor, mental health advocate, union activist and apprentice instructor. He was a community mediator trainer, and case developer with Community Boards of San Francisco. While there he co-authored its manual on Large Group Conflicts and frequently contributed materials to the organization's training archives. Since he left the building trades, he has founded a support group for AS adults that meets monthly. He co-facilitates a partners group in which one or both partners are on the autistic spectrum. He maintains a private case management practice for families with young adults with AS, and is a transition specialist, disability advocate and parent/student special education advocate in the public schools and adult community service agencies. The author conducts person-centered planning trainings and in-service trainings on AS and adult learning disabilities. He is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, the American Counseling Association, the American Society for Trainng and Development, and the Oregon Mediation Association. He is co-founder of Oregon Parents United, a parent advocacy, special education, and support group for families with children who have hidden disabilities. With a colleague he has conducts introductory presentations and study groups for adult counseling professionals interested in understanding AS and working with AS adults." BUY

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Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences With Autism and Asperger Syndrome
by Stephen M. Shore

"This honest courageous book, written by a person with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome offers so much more than the traditional autobiography. Drawing on personal and professional experiences, Stephen Shore, who is currently completing his doctoral degree in special education at Boston University, combines three voices to create a touching and, at the same time, a highly informative book. The autobiographical voice tells Stephen's life, including his parent's frustrations with the educational and medical communities, his adolescence and now married adult life. The "time shifter" fills in the background information about his life that is otherwise out of chronological order of the events being related; finally the researcher's voice puts Stephen's personal life within the context of the research literature on autism and Asperger Syndrome. By using this triple lens, the book offers insights for parents, professionals as well as individuals who have Asperger Syndrome. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Diagnosed with atypical development and with strong autistic tendencies, and non verbal till age four, Stephen Shore was viewed as being "too sick " to be treated on an out patient 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 capabilities to the fullest extend possible."   BUY  Reviews

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Aspergers in Love: Couple Relationships and Family Affairs
by Maxine Aston

"Based on academic research as a qualified couples counselor specializing in this area and from her own personal relationship experiences, the author uses quotations and real-life examples to illustrate her points with a compassionate understanding. Practical everyday topics include living and coping with AS, anger and AS, getting the message across, sex and AS, parenting, staying together and AS cannot be blamed for everything.

Maxine Aston received a first class honours degree in Psychology, and has undertaken in depth research into couple relationships when one partner has Asperger's Syndrome. She is also a National and International speaker on
Asperger Syndrome.

Maxine has many years' experience as a Couple Counsellor for Relate, and is fully qualified in all areas of relationship counselling. Maxine works with both individuals and couples  affected by Asperger Syndrome. She also receives regular supervision and constantly  seeks to develop in both professional growth  and experience.

Maxine Aston is a member of the British Association of Counselling and abides by their
Code of Ethics and Practice." 
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Discovering My Autism: Apologia Pro Vita Sua (With Apologies to Cardinal Newman)
by Edgar Schneider

"In 1987, under immense pressure at work, Edgar Schneider suffered a nervous breakdown.  After convalescing, he returned to work, but within a few months he was again suffering from problems involving short term memory and concentration.  He was described as eccentric, tangential, illogical and halluciaintory; and misdiagnosed as schizophrenia.  Sixteen years later, the chance reading of an article on autistic savants altered Schneider to the possibility that he had been misdiagnosed.  This proved to be the case, he believed to be high-functioning autistic, with attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Suddenly, many apparently paradoxical or inexplicable elements of Schneider's life made sense.  He calls the discovery of his autism 'liberating."  Schneider attributes his autism to brain damage caused by infectious diseases in early childhood.  In Discovering My Autism, he reflects on his experiences and his memories in childhood and teenage years as a clever and artistic loner.   He explains how in order to experience 'emotions' such as grief, sympathy, or desire, he must intellectualizes or aestheticism them.  Dispassionately, he exclaims his difficulties with relationships, his high pain threshold, his lack of concentration and his absorbent intelligence, all of which is related to autism.  He also describes the pleasure he derives from art, music and literature, the importance to him of his religious beliefs; and his work with parents' support groups.  As and account of how it feel to be an high-functioning autistic, this book should be read by parents of autistic children, professionals working with them, and people with autism, Asperger syndrome, or ADD themselves." BUY  ASPIRES Reviews

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An Asperger Marriage
by Gisela Slater-Walker, Christopher Slater-Walker

"This book is the first example to examine a successful marriage from both perspectives and provides knowledge that will be of value, not only to similar couples and individuals with Asperger syndrome who are considering a relationship, but also organizations that support relationships.  - forward from Tony Attwood.

Chris and Gisela have been partners for eleven years.  Five years ago Chris was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.  For Chris, this was an explanation of why he has always regarded himself as socially handicapped.  For Gisela, it meant coming to terms with a marriage in which there would be never an intuitive understanding despite Chris's good intentions.  For the couple it was the beginning of a long and still unfinished process of learning to live with a disability regarded by some as incompatible with marriage.

Chris and Gislea Slater-Walker married in 1994.  They met while both studying Russian at Manchester University.  They live in Hertfordshire with three children from Gisela's previous marriage and their son George.  Chris was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 1997."  BUY  ASPIRES Reviews

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Living the Good Life with Autism
by Edgar Schneider

"His discovery only in retirement that he has high-functioning autism provided Edgar Schneider at last with an explanation for his many differences, explored in Discovering my Autism.  In this book he takes up the story, telling of his marriage to a like-minded woman, and of the day to day realities of life with this condition.  His description of autistic attitudes towards relationships, politics, theology and health are rich and original.  Schneider argues that if people with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome are left to their own devices they are capable of making lives for themselves that are rich and rewarding. 

Edgar Schneider was diagnosed as a high-functioning autistic in 1995.  Formerly a mathematician and computer programmer, he is now married and continues to write and to develop his interest in the arts.  He lives in Florida."  BUY  ASPIRES Reviews

 

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The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome: A guide to an Intimate Relationship with a Partner who has Asperger Syndrome
by Maxine C. Aston

"Maxine Aston has explored the relationships of adults with Asperger syndrome as part of her academic research, as a qualified counsellor specializing in this area, and from her own personal experience.  She knows what she is writing about.  She uses quotations and real examples to illustrate her points and has a compassionate understanding of both perspectives.  Her insight is extraordinary and her positive attitude and strategies for successful relationships make this an essential guide for couples and counsellors."  BUY  ASPIRES Reviews

 

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Reflections of Self by Sondra Williams

It is a book of poetry and insight from my own perspectives. Often words are hard for me in the verbal sense and so I find that the dancing words within me come in written form in poetic fashions. It is of self published currently and often sold at my speaking events, although one can order the book through me via the e mail of hfa2@columbus.rr.com

My book is set so that portions goes to the Autism Society of Ohio and another portion goes the Columbus, Ohio friendship endowment I to be creating for people of HFA and aspergers in my areas. As often people of HFA and or Aspergers go underserved in many areas.

So far by your support to me in this project I have been able to give 900.00 to the ASO and 900.00 towards the endowment.

[Sondra Williams has been recently appointed to the Governor's task force in Ohio to help find ways to improve Autism service and delivery in her state....to read more

 

"We each have our own way of living in the world, together we are like a symphony.
Some are the melody, some are the rhythm, some are the harmony
It all blends together, we are like a symphony, and each part is crucial.
We all contribute to the song of life."
...Sondra Williams

We might not always agree; but TOGETHER we will make a difference.

 

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