Lisa Jo Rudy

Lisa Jo Rudy
Lisa Jo Rudy. Lisa Jo Rudy

Highlights

  • Autism advocate and author of "Get Out, Explore and Have Fun" (2010), a book about community inclusion for families with children on the autism spectrum
  • Creator of the Autism in the Museum website, a compendium of resources and information about inclusion
  • Co-author, with the Boston Children's Museum, of a guide to inclusive practices for after-school programs
  • Has presented at the Autism Society of America and the Association of Science-Technology Centers—among others—on autism and community inclusion
  • Creates and presents training materials and interactive courses on inclusion in public venues

Experience

Lisa Jo Rudy, the mother of a young adult with autism, has been writing and presenting articles, books, blogs, training materials, and white papers about autism-related topics since 2005 in publications ranging from The Autism Aspergers Digest to Museum News. Her work centers around the goal of providing information, support, creative ideas, and innovative opportunities for people with autism and their families. She is dedicated to the belief that patience, flexibility, common sense, and a sense of humor can and should always be valued over hype.

Lisa works as a consultant in the field of community inclusion; her projects include the development of an inclusive YMCA camp program, consulting and presenting on inclusion for museums, zoos, and other cultural organizations, and development of a guide to inclusive after-school care published by and with the Boston Children's Museum. Recent projects include creating training modules on Floortime Therapy with the Stanley Greenspan Foundation and a course on inclusion with Drexel University.

Education

Masters in Divinity, Harvard Divinity School, 1984

Bachelors in the Humanities, Wesleyan University, 1981

A Word From Lisa Jo Rudy

When my son was very young, I attended a conference presented by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, the creator of the Floortime developmental therapy for children with autism. It was there that I first heard the word "joy" associated with autism. That experience changed my way of thinking about my son... and about the "disabilities" associated with autism. From that day forward, my focus has been on finding and building on strengths and finding opportunities to grow with my child and with others on the autism spectrum. It's a direction that I've never regretted.

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