Diagnosed with “atypical development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment, Stephen was recommended for institutionalization. He was nonspeaking until age 4. With much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Dr. Shore is now a full-time professor at Adelphi University and adjunct professor at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, focusing on aligning best practices in supporting autistic people to lead fulfilling and productive lives.
In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Dr. Shore is an internationally renowned educator, consultant, and author on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, and self-advocacy. His most recent book, “College for Students with Disabilities,” combines personal stories with research for promoting success in higher education.
A current board member of Autism Speaks, the Organization for Autism Research (OAR), American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF), president emeritus of the Asperger/Autism Network, and advisory board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore also serves on boards of numerous autism-related organizations.