The Artistic Spectrum, Moms of kids with autism who blog

*Kristina Chew (autismvox.com), *Kim Stagliano (huffingtonpost.com/kim-stagliano and www.ageofautism.com) are moms of kids with autism who blog.  Amy Gravino, Jason Ross, Cliff Schumacher and Leigh Silver all have various disabiliites and write.

Jacob Artson, a 15 year old nonverbal young adult with autism will be presenting his work via videoconference from Los Angeles. Jacob is a ninth grader with autism who attends Hamilton High School in Los Angeles. He is non-verbal.

Kristina Chew teaches Classics at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City and co-directs the Honors Program. Her son Charlie is 10 years old.  She blogs at autismvox.com.

Amy Gravino, 24, has Asperger’s Syndrome. Born and raised in Port Jefferson, NY, Amy is currently attending graduate school at Caldwell College in Caldwell, NJ, where she is working to obtain her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Amy is presently working on “The Naughty Autie,” a dating and sexuality book for young adults on the spectrum.

Jason Ross has Asperger’s Syndrome and is a JCC/F.E.G.S. Adaptations member.  He writes poetry and posts at www.drivemomcrazy.com.

Clifford Joseph Schumacher, 18, showed signs of autism and was diagnosed when he was three. He was put in a clinical program at UCLA under the supervision of Dr. Ivar Lovaas. He maintains a blog dedicated to autism at http://www.crimsonthought.blogspot.com.

Leigh Silver, 31, graduated with a BS in business from Nova South Eastern University in 2002. He is a JCC/F.E.G.S Adaptations member.  At last count, he has written over six hundred poems about baseball.

Kim Stagliano is a writer, Huffington Post blogger, Managing Editor of AgeofAutism.com and mother of three daughters with autism. She lives in Fairfield County, CT with her family.  Kim is included in the new book, “Embracing Autism: Connecting and Communicating with Children on the Autism Spectrum.”

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