NLMFF periodically conducts interviews to provide
professionals and individuals interested in autism
with a more in-depth look at selected interesting
work that is being explored in the field of autism
and related disability studies and to provide information
and resources which will benefit the autism community.
Please check back periodically to read the latest
Interview with Timothy Roberts, Ph.D.
NLMFF interviewed Timothy
Roberts, Ph.D., Oberkircher Family Chair in Pediatric
Radiology and Vice Chair of Research for the Department
of Radiology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
and Professor of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine, about what MEG imaging studies
can reveal about autism spectrum disorders and his
recent grant co-funded by the NLM Family Foundation
and Lurie Family Foundation entitled, “MEG of
Language Impairment in Autism.”
Interview with Ralph J. Savarese, Ph.D.
NLMFF interviewed Ralph J. Savarese, Ph.D., author
of Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption
(Other Press, 2007) and literature professor at Grinnell
College. Ralph is also a committed activist on behalf
of people with autism. In Reasonable People: A Memoir
of Autism and Adoption, Ralph tells the remarkable
story of his adopted son, DJ, who was, as he writes,
“discarded like a piece of trash.” Judged
profoundly retarded, abandoned by his parents and
abused in foster care, DJ was not toilet trained and
could not communicate when Ralph and his wife, Emily,
found him at the age of six. Today, at 14, he expresses
himself through a computer, has been successfully
mainstreamed in public school, and appears with his
father and mother at autism conferences nationwide.
Interview with Douglas Biklen, Ph.D.
NLMFF interviewed Douglas Biklen, Ph.D., Dean
of the School of Education at Syracuse University
and Director of the Facilitated Communication Institute,
about his efforts to advance the fields of inclusive
education and facilitated communication, about the
work of the Facilitated Communication Institute, and
about his new book, Autism and the Myth of the Person
Interview with Susan Birren, Ph.D.
NLMFF interviewed Susan Birren, Ph.D., Associate
Professor of Biology at Brandeis University about
the autism work that she undertook during her NLMFF-funded
sabbatical year, her current research, and her NLMFF-supported
course at Brandeis entitled, “Autism and Human
Interview with Albert Galaburda, MD
NLMFF interviewed Albert Galaburda, MD, Chief
of Behavioral Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Center and Emily Fisher Landau Professor of Neurology
and Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, about
dyslexia research, its relation to autism and language,
and the future of autism science.
with Julia Landau, JD
NLMFF interviewed Julia Landau, JD,
Director of the Autism Special Education Legal Support
Center at Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC),
about the services that MAC provides, the work of
the Autism Special Education Legal Support Center,
and special education law in general.