Last night, I attended a wonderful presentation by John Elder Robison at the CDC. He discussed his life experiences as a person with Asperger's syndrome. He talked briefly about education, focusing on social skills. Mr. Robison suggested that the most important social skill to develop was choosability. In other words, developing sufficient social skills to not push people away - moving from offputting to excentric. Once someone is not actively driving people away based on social discomfort, one's achievements and special skills can come forward, drawing people in and causing them to include one in social activities.
Autism Speaks and the Marcus Autism Center are sponsoring an event titled "Autism Spectrum Disorders: Surveillance, Research, and Resources" on Saturday, May 5 from 8 am to noon. Go to marcus.org and register by April 27.
I will be presenting "Special Needs, the Education System, and the Law" at the Georgia Asperger's Organization in Barrow County on May 3 at 6:30 pm. More information as it becomes available.