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February 22, 2008


women scholarship

Just check out the women scholarships section. There are a few.


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I think this is a fantastic way to encourage dialogue about Asperger's Syndrome. I found Robison's book fascinating and I particularly liked that he was able to demonstrate that those with AS can channel their special interest areas into sucessful careers.


This is so interesting - I am the mom of an aspie young woman (she is a senior in college this year), and I am in grad school myself. I am taking Instructional Systems at FSU. I am an instructional developer for one of the largest employers in MA. At work I have been activly trying to figure out ways to use social media in our instructional system (which is one reason I subscribe to your blog). I am very interested in how we teach adults with disabilities...how do we ensure that we don't lose their special talents because we don't understand their needs.

In my classes, most people's backgrounds are education (not many with my background -technology). It shocks me sometimes how people working in education have a hard time shifting their ideas for how learning may not work in the same way for one person as it does with everyone else. I am able to have many healthy arguments that begin - "that's not how my daughter is!!"

So this exposure early in the undergrad curriculum is fantastic. And the access to someone like John is just fantastic. This is where it will change....if new educators and psychologists understand early about different ways of "being".

Stupid question: why is it called "Abnormal psychology"?

John Elder Robison

Larry, I wrote some of your students to tell them I am not mad or defensive about my book or their posts. But I am trying to give them real answers and prepare them for the reality that actual high school kids are going to be hard on them.

Your students have not been able to see me at any events, as far as I know. So they can't compare the writing to how I sound, and in person - as I think you know - I am not perceived as combative. I tried to answer them the same way we'd discuss these things in person, but the tone may sound different via blogging.

In the case of your student who took exception to my setting the dummy on fire, I thing her falling back on "it's illegal and wrong" is not a viable solution when dealing with kids and I said so.

I tried to point that out, and I may sound harsh, but I've had the same conversation with teachers in schools where violent events occurred and it's certainly worth considering and discussing.

They are welcome to kick back at me if they feel kicked themselves.

I think you have started something remarkable here. For the first time, we have the possibility of writers actually interacting with teachers and students when their books are used in class. I hope other writers see this dialogue and join in.

The Internet could open up whole new vista in teaching. Keep using my book, and I'll keep commenting as time permits. I'll bet many authors would join in on this. I'm going to do a blog essay on it myself and link to you.

Tell your students that I learn from them, too, as I read their interpretations of my story.

If you have a way to email your class, tell them I'll be doing a q&a after the screening of Billy the Kid this Sunday at 2 at Elms College in Chicopee. Jenna - I think that's her name - could even come argue about my behaviour there!

best wishes

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