Self-Advocacy Discussion: Nick Gallop & Stephen Shore

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AANE’s Nick Gallop and Stephen Shore, Ed.D. discuss how their own self-advocacy developed and the role it has played throughout their lives. 


Nick Gallop is the Adult Services Coordinator at AANE and a published author specialized in helping young adults. He has experience working with universities, parents, and individuals. Nick is also an artist and musician and is knowledgeable both on how artistic expression can help those on the spectrum, and how to market oneself as an artist.

Stephen Shore, Ed.D. — Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until 4, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a full time professor at Adelphi University and adjunct at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, focusing on aligning best practice in supporting autistic people to lead fulfilling and productive lives. In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is an internationally renowned educator, consultant and author on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, and self-advocacy. His most recent book “College for Students with Disabilities” combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education.