What Autism-Specific Tools do I use?
The 'Gold Standard' assessment tools for identifying Autism Spectrum Conditions and a diagnosis of autism are considered to be the ADOS-2 (used with the individual) and ADI-R (used with parents/carers).
ADOS-2 Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2nd Version
ADI-R Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised
GIFTED WITH AUTISM
Autism is a gift to the world and even more so for the individual. Although for some of us, it can be disabling; but even then, we are able to positively impact the lives of others.
If you have autism (whether it's high functioning, Asperger's Syndrome etc.), be encouraged that you are gifted in ways that neurotypicals are not.
To acknowledge how autism can change the world - below is a small list of gifted changemakers and influencers with autism.
Albert Einstein – Scientist & Mathematician
Andy Warhol – Artist
Barbara McClintock – Scientist and Cytogeneticist
Benjamin Banneker – African American almanac author, surveyor, naturalist, and farmer
Bill Gates – Co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation
Bobby Fischer – Chess Grandmaster
Charles Darwin – Naturalist, Geologist, and Biologist
Dan Aykroyd – Comedic Actor
Daryl Hannah – Actress & Environmental Activist
Emily Dickinson – Poet
Hans Christian Andersen – Children’s Author
Henry Cavendish – Scientist
James Joyce – Author of “Ulysses”
Jerry Seinfeld – Comedian
Lewis Carroll – Author of “Alice in Wonderland”
Ludwig Wittgenstein – Philosopher
Michelangelo – Sculptor, Painter, Architect, Poet
Nikola Tesla – Inventor
Paul Dirac – Physicist
Satoshi Tajiri – Creator of Nintendo’s Pokémon
Sir Isaac Newton – Mathematician, Astronomer, & Physicist
Stanley Kubrick – Film Director
Steve Jobs – Former CEO of Apple
Temple Grandin – Animal Scientist
Thomas Jefferson – Early American Politician
Tim Burton – Movie Director
William Butler Yeats – Poet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Classical Composer