CSP 063: Jill Escher & The National Council on Severe Autism
Jill Escher is president of the National Council on Severe Autism (NCSA), an organization formed over two years ago by parents looking to raise awareness and advocate for autistic individuals with more severe manifestations of autism. The NCSA has been sounding the alarm bells regarding the lack of societal preparedness for the magnitude of young adults leaving the educational system at 21. They address complex issues without pulling punches—housing, therapy interventions, mental health, guardianship, and the neurodiversity movement are all covered through position statements, webinars, and powerful blog pieces.
In today's episode, we cover:
Jill's background and advocacy role
Rising incidence of autism
Issues of causality, future directions of research
The Neurodiversity movement
FC and Rapid Prompting
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About the host...
I am now in my 24th year as a speech-language pathologist. I began my career working with adults (acute/subacute, skilled nursing facility, trach/vent hospitals). Around 2000, I transitioned towards pediatrics and never looked back. I currently work in a school setting full-time (serving children with moderate-severe disabilities) while continuing a private practice part-time.
That’s the short version at least…
That's me with the family (background) at Chicago Botanic Garden (The Lightscape show).
Me and my trusty microphone!
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