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Susan Rubin

Name: Susan Rubin
Age: 35
Location: Whittier, CA
Typing since: 1991
Email: srubin693@earthlink.net

Sue Rubin was born May 25, 1978 and was diagnosed as developmentally delayed as an infant. At the age of four, she was diagnosed with autism and moderate mental retardation and was educated in Special Day Classes with some degree of integration until high school. Over time she continued to test at the 2 to 2 ½ year level, which was compatible with her limited expressive and receptive language, and the way she moved her body. By the age of thirteen, she still scored at this level, which to all appearances was correct. She was (and is) highly echolalic, obsessive/compulsive, occasionally still has rages or tantrums,and is occasionally self abusive and aggressive.

In spite of this, Sue graduated with honors from Whittier High School, as a fully included student, with a 3.98 GPA and 1370 on the SAT. She then attended Whittier College where, after sixteen years, she graduated with a BA in Latin American History in May 2013. While in college, Sue held a John Greenleaf Whittier Scholarship ($38,000) awarded solely on merit, without regard to her disability. She carried the 1996 Olympic Torch as a Community Hero in Los Angeles; received CALTASH’s 1st Annual Mary Falvey Outstanding Young Person Award in 1998; has presented at over 100 conferences, workshops, and classes; was the subject of two KCET (L.A.’s public T.V. station) Life and Times programs; had two articles published in the L.A. Times; two articles published in TASH Connections; was the recipient of the 1999 Wendy F. Miller Outstanding Individual with Autism Award presented by the Autism Society of America; was the principal author of an article in Disability and Society; was the subject of and writer for the 2004 academy award nominated documentary “Autism is a World”. Sue also served two terms as an elected member of the National Board of Directors of TASH.

Sue, a dedicated advocate for people with disabilities and works as a consultant to WAPADH, an adult agency, teaching others facilitated communication. She lives off-campus, with support, and enjoys an active social and cultural life.


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