Merope Pavlides



Merope Pavlides began her career in journalism in 1976 as a newspaper stringer. Since then, Merope has written for newspapers, magazines, and academic journals. She is the author of Animal-assisted Interventions for Individuals with Autism.

In an attempt to subsidize our higher education system, Merope has earned a BS in Journalism, an MA in Communications, a PhD in Drama, and most recently, an MS in Special Education. Her career path has included teaching college and training dogs, a similarity which is not lost on her. Merope has worked with children and adults with autism for over 15 years.  

Merope is married to Peter Emch, AA16's Publisher. Merope and Peter have two sons, one of whom is on the autism spectrum.

In addition to editing AA16, Merope offers private consulting services to families, employers, and service providers.

The Black Balloon

Director Elissa Down talks with AA16 about her semi-autobiographical film, 'The Black Balloon."


A trial begins in California this week that has my attention. It’s not one that the national news media are covering, and the outcome will go unnoticed by most. 

Extraordinary Ventures: An Employment Model

The term “venture” implies discovery. It means to undertake something that has an uncertain outcome, learning the way as you go. 

Wanted: Skilled Case Manager

Most adults on the autism spectrum would likely benefit greatly from good case management services. And while many people receive truncated versions of this through one agency or another,

Holiday Message

For the past two months, our family has been dealing with serious illness on the part of our younger son. Progress has been slow; baby steps forward have been followed by backsliding.