The Interviewees

muelemaBecky and Abe Meulemans have three boys who have all been diagnosed with autism.

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brendaBrenda J. Terzich holds a master's degree in psychology with a concentration in behavior analysis from CSUS and is a board registered psychological assistant.

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candaceCandace Smith was a Colorado high school teacher for twenty-six years, teaching language arts, history and broad area social studies

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catherinCatherine Lord, Ph.D. is the Director of the University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Center (UMACC) and a professor of psychology,psychiatry and pediatrics.

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Collins family collinsJason and Lori Collins are high school sweethearts who have been married for 15 years. They have five children and three of them are autistic.

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dcroweDavid Crowe was thirty years old when his son Taylor was born. After Taylor’s descent into autism at age three, David’s life became a journey through the evolving emotions

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amaralDavid G. Amaral, Ph.D  is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is the Research Director and Beneto Foundation Chair at the M.I.N.D. Institute. (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders).

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dawsonGeraldine Dawson became Autism Speaks first Chief Science Officer in January of 2008. She serves as the scientific leader of Autism Speaks, working with the scientific community; stakeholders, and science staff, to shape, expand, and communicate the foundation's scientific vision and strategy.

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jonathanJonathan Shestack is a celebrated Hollywood producer  who founded  CAN (Cure Autism Now) in 1995 with his with wife,  Portia Iversen (parents of their autistic son, Dov).

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JoshMorrowJoseph E. Morrow is a licensed psychologist, board certified behavior analyst and a long time professor of Psychology and Behavior Analysis at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS).

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langeLinda Lange earned her bachelor's in journalism from the University of Texas in Austin.  Prior to her children, Madison 1996 and Olivia 1999, Lange worked in public relations and design for Schreiner University

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lisaheldLisa Helt and her husband Charlie Helt are parents of two children: Halah, age 15 typical developing; and Mitch, age 14 with non-verbal autism.

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iversenPortia Iversen is an autism advocate and published author (Strange Son) who has dedicated her life to bringing parents and scientists together to speed research work in the field of autism.

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sallySally Rogers specializes in conducting research into autism and other developmental disorders and treating patients with developmental disabilities

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baronSimon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is Director of the Autism Research Centre

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somaSoma Mukhopadhyay is an Indian mother of autistic son, Tito Mukhopadhyay.

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croweTaylor Crowe was born and raised in a small city on the banks of the Mississippi River in the American Midwest.

Taylor was a seemingly normal child until a profound regression into autism at age three.

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templeTemple Grandin is a professor of animal science at the University of Colorado and is one of the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. She is known worldwide for her work on the design of livestock handling facilities.

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thorkilThorkil Sonne holds a university degree from Aalborg University, Denmark, and has a 15 years carrier within IT in the private sector.

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titoTito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay was born in India to Soma and Ram Gopal Mukhopadhyay in 1988. As usual his parents were worried when during his third year he would not talk and play with children.

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vernonVernon Smith is a Harvard Ph.D. and a professor of Economics at Chapman University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002. He has authored or co-authored over 250 books and articles on finance and experimental economics. Vernon is without a doubt an extraordinary person with extraordinary achievements that he attributes to traits that some say are associated with Asperger’s.

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