Meet Sue Rubin—Author, Self-advocate, Consultant, Writer and Subject of the 2004 Academy Award-Nominated Documentary, Autism is a World.
Hello my name is Sue Rubin, welcome. I hope that you will leave behind old assumptions as you catch a glimpse of my life as a non-verbal person with autism.
In 1991, at age 13, I started typing to communicate, and my entire life changed. I had been labeled as a typical, low-functioning person with autism, and I participated in Special Day classes starting with Infant Stimulation when I was eighteen months old. Living in Whittier, California, I always spent a part of the day in regular classes so I was exposed to regular-education curriculum, but no one knew I was learning, including me. I was so autistic that words floated over my head and made no sense until I started typing to communicate. I then listened with understanding and was able to participate in regular-education classes.
I took college prep, honors, and advanced-placement classes in high school, did very well on the SAT, went to Whittier College, and graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Latin American history.
I now have a consulting business through which I hope to change incorrect prevailing assumptions about non-verbal people with autism. I want as many people as possible to see me so that they can realize what a mistake they’ve made judging intelligence by smooth movements and the ability to speak.
I invite parents, educators and other professionals, businesses, and other individuals with autism who have an open mind to contact me for consultation and training.