Brenda Smith Myles Ph.D., is president of AAPC Publishing – a small niche company that publishes books on autism spectrum disorder. Formerly, a consultant with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and the Ziggurat Group, as well as a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas, is the recipient of the Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome (GRASP) Divine Neurotypical Award, American Academy of Pediatrics Autism Champion, and two-time recipient of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. She served as the editor of Intervention in School and Clinic, the third largest journal in special education and has been a member of the editorial board of several journals, including Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Remedial and Special Education, and Autism: The International Journal of Research. Brenda has made over 1000 presentations all over the world and written more than 250 articles and books on ASD. In addition, she served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee; was on the National Institute of Mental Health’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s Strategic Planning Consortium; and collaborated with the National Professional Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, National Autism Center, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services who identified evidenced based practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and served as Project Director for the Texas Autism Resource Guide for Teachers (TARGET). Myles is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research (SCORE), College Internship Program, and ASTEP – Asperger Syndrome Training and Education Program. Further, in the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world.
Lightbulb Moments and Lessons: What I’ve Learned from Autistic People
This session will highlight some of Brenda Smith Myles’ experiences in the field of autism over the past quarter decade (plus!). Emphasis will be placed on how individuals with ASD have influenced her research, practice, and teaching. Practical solutions or tips based on lightbulb moments will be discussed as the author reflects on what she has learned from autistic people.
At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:
- Identify some of the outcomes of “practical” research in autism.
- Describe the perspectives of autistic people.
- Understand Lee Stickle’s concept of “limitless potential.”