Lisa Jo Rudy, the mother of a teen with autism, has been writing and presenting articles, books, blogs, training materials, and white papers about autism-related topics since 2005. 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 Jo Rudy began researching and writing about autism in 2005, and since that time has written on the subject of autism for publications ranging from "The Autism Aspergers Digest" to "Museum News." Her book, Get Out, Explore and Have Fun, about community inclusion for families with children on the autism spectrum, was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishing in 2010. She has presented at multiple conferences on autism and community inclusion, including the Autism Society of America and the Association of Science Technology Centers.
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. She also creates and presents customized training materials, including multimedia interactive courses on inclusion in public venues; recent projects include modules on Floortime Therapy with the Stanley Greenspan Foundation and a course on inclusion with Drexel University.
Masters in Divinity, Harvard Divinity School, 1984
Bachelors in the Humanities, Wesleyan University, 1981
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.