Autism Speaks

A monologue about a sister saying goodbye to her severely autistic older brother starts a conversation about autism spectrum disorder. Featuring conversations with Lisa Gardner, a mechanical engineering student whose monologue was written at a time when her relationship with her brother was particularly challenging; and Dr. Kate Wallis, a pediatrician who specializes in youth with autism spectrum disorder.

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I want to love you. I just don’t know how. Because when are parents are gone. I’ll be the only person who can take care of you.
— from "Autism Speaks" by Lisa Gardner
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the conversation

Kate Wallis, MD, MPH is a pediatrician and a fellow in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. She began working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities during high school as a camp counselor in a special recreation program. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a major in Health and Societies and a minor in Hispanic Studies. She studied abroad in Spain, where she continued to work with kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She completed medical school and simultaneously earned her Master in Public Health degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine. She completed residency in pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital before moving to Philadelphia for fellowship. Dr. Wallis has long been interested in understanding disparities in the identification and care of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. She believes deeply in her role as an advocate for her patients and their families.

Kate Wallis, MD, MPH is a pediatrician and a fellow in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. She began working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities during high school as a camp counselor in a special recreation program. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a major in Health and Societies and a minor in Hispanic Studies. She studied abroad in Spain, where she continued to work with kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She completed medical school and simultaneously earned her Master in Public Health degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine. She completed residency in pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital before moving to Philadelphia for fellowship.

Dr. Wallis has long been interested in understanding disparities in the identification and care of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. She believes deeply in her role as an advocate for her patients and their families.

further reading & resources

An introduction to autism that aims to raise awareness among young non-autistic audiences, to stimulate understanding and acceptance in future generations. It is intended to be viewed, discussed and shared widely by anyone but especially teachers and parents. http://amazingthingshappen.tv/ 

Autism Speaks is packed with information, resources, studies, and links.

Read about an upcoming Netflix series, Atypical, a coming of age story that centers on a young man with autism, to be released on August 11.