Author: Gilda Evans

The Miracle Project

Elaine Hall, Founder of The Miracle Project, shares her pioneering story about using inclusive theater and film to connect with individuals with autism. Elaine’s students have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the White House, and appeared in television shows such as Atypical, The Good Doctor, […]

Taft College Independent Living Program

Aaron Markovits, Program Director for the Taft College Transition to Independent Living Program, shares the details of how this program works. The TIL program incorporates teaching independent living skills with college campus living while simultaneously supporting the student in their academic pursuits. 

Navigating College with Tina Castro and Heidi Perez

Tina Castro and Heidi Perez of the FACT organization describe how to navigate the maze of secondary education which can be confusing and challenging for anyone. They provide insight on services available to the special needs community on 2 and 4 year college campuses and how to access those services. Although they are based in […]

Autism Diagnoses with Dr. Ian Hale

Dr. Ian Hale, author of the book, “Asperger’s, Autism and You”, discusses the challenges and importance of getting a proper diagnosis and how these conditions may present differently depending on the gender of the person with special needs. Dr. Hale is on the spectrum himself. You may check out his book here:

Lifestyle Planning and Letter of Intent with David Terk

David Terk of Serenitas Special Needs Planning discusses the importance of creating a comprehensive plan for your loved one with special needs, including details on the financial, social and day to day aspects. He specifically talks about something called a Letter of Intent, a document that should be a part of everyone’s life planning arsenal.