Lisa Jo Rudy



Lisa Jo Rudy is the parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder and a professional writer. Since 2003, Lisa has been a leader in public education on the subject of autism in the community. In 2005, she worked with the YMCA to create a unique, inclusive summer camp program for children with autism. In 2006, she became the Guide to Autism, writing hundreds of articles and blogs about the topic of autism for the New York Times Company website. Also in 2006, she presented a workshop to the Association of Science-Technology Museums on the topic “Welcoming Kids Who Learn Differently.”  Her  book Get Out, Explore and Have Fun: How Families of Children with Autism or Asperger Syndrome Can Get the Most Out of Community Activities (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) was published in 2010, and she presented that year on the same topic for the Autism Society of America. An article on museum access for families with autistic children appeared in the March/April 2011 edition of the American Association of Museum’s trade publication, Museum Magazine. Since then, Lisa has consulted on autism inclusion to several major museums in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Lisa is delighted to be taking part in Autism After 16.

Guardianship for ASD Adults

As a parent, you are a legal guardian. You're responsible for your child's welfare, education and health. As the parent of a child with autism, of course, you're also responsible for therapies

Building a Transition Plan

Transition planning, in its most basic sense, means figuring out what you want to do in the next stage of your life, gaining the skills and resources you need to do it, and then doing it.

A Winning Match: Fitness and Autism

Fitness and autism are rarely paired—and the pairing becomes less frequent as people with autism grow up. 

Getting Real: Summer Prep Programs for High Schoolers

Many teens with autism spectrum disorders are capable of managing ordinary activities, yet their social and executive functioning skills are not up to the level of their peers.