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.

Arkansas Roadmap

Arkansas state resources roadmap.

The Year of the Aspie

I have a prediction for 2012—well, a hope, anyway. This will be the Year of the Aspie. 

Results: Funding Survey

Only 21 readers answered questions about funding sources for their teen or adult with autism. Most respondents seem to rely on private sources of financial support, primarily in the form of earned income.

Measuring Up

As the population of people on the autism spectrum grows, the industry of autism service provision burgeons. This is both the good news and the bad news. 

Gimme Shelter: Housing for Adults with Autism

There was a time when children and adults with autism were routinely institutionalized. Today a wide variety of housing models exists to serve adults on the autism spectrum.

Results: Grade Your High School

Complete results from our survey: "Grade your High School."