Speaker: Alison Singer
Affiliation: President, Autism Science Foundation
Date: September 18, 2019
Talk title: Autism From Generation to Generation
Abstract: Ms. Singer will discuss how families’ experiences with autism have changed from the 1960’s to the present. While options and opportunities for people with autism are still severely lacking, there have been tremendous advances in awareness, diagnosis, treatment and services since autism was first identified. Alison will describe the different cultural climate her older brother faced when he was diagnosed in 1968 compared to her daughter’s experience being diagnosed in 2000. Over the past five decades individuals with autism have gained important rights and protections, but these improvements can quickly erode without continued family advocacy.