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Family Caregivers Unite!

Family Caregivers Unite!

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September 21st 2010:Optimism for Family Caregivers

Ralph James Savarese authored ‘Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption’. Linda Hurren, President of York Autism Centre, is now starting ‘The Making Small Talk Academy”. They talk about their professional backgrounds and describe their experience with family caregiving for autism. Ralph explains what led him to write his book. Linda describes her work in evolving her programs for children and their families involved with autism. They talk about the challenges for children and their family caregivers. They discuss the positive signals that family caregivers receive and the advice that

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Linda Hurren

Linda Hurren is President and Director of York Autism Centre. Established in 2008, it offers services for children and families within the autism spectrum including IBI, social skills classes, tutoring services and camp programs. She’s now starting “The Making Small Talk Academy”, www.makingsmalltalk.com. A classroom within a typical school, it offers the full Ontario curriculum online. Students are supported as required to enable them as individuals to excel in areas of promise. Support includes development of social skills with their peers in the school environment. She’s experienced as a residential social worker living with adults in a community teaching independence skills. She’s worked
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Ralph James Savarese

Ralph James Savarese is the author of ‘Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption’, which Newsweek called "a real life love story and a passionate manifesto for the rights of people with neurological disabilities." His thirteen-year-old son, who types to communicate, wrote the final chapter. Once written off as profoundly retarded, DJ is now 18 and a straight "A" student in an advanced curriculum at the local high school. Savarese is also the co-editor with his wife, Emily, of a special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly entitled ‘Autism and the Concept of Neurodiversity’. In addition to featuring the work of researchers in a range of fields, it also highlights the work of some tw
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