Lindsey Stone’s Website – Welcome!

On this site, you will find a wide range of information on autism spectrum disorders (ASD). My goal is to promote awareness of autism spectrum disorders and support the research and outreach efforts of domestic and international organizations. Only by better understanding autism spectrum disorders and learning to identify the symptoms, can we ensure that the people who live with autism spectrum disorders receive the care, respect, and quality of life they deserve.

I fell into human services sort of by accident, but it changed my life. Most of my early career was spent in retail, but after spending five years at Walmart, I realized my work just wasn’t fulfilling. Around that time, my cousin suggested I apply for a position at May Institute because she thought I might like it. I was interested, but a little unsure. I knew that some individuals at May Institute could have very serious behavior problems, and I didn’t know if I would be up to the task of fully meeting their needs.

I decided to take a chance, though, and it wasn’t long before I realized that I had stumbled upon my true life’s work. Over the course of my time with May Institute and other organizations, I’ve worked with an incredibly diverse range of people: people struggling with severe behavioral and/or physical disabilities, people who are high-functioning and those who require full-time professional care, children and adults…and I’ve loved working with all of them. It’s incredibly rewarding to feel like you’re enriching someone’s life by helping them learn, getting them out in the community, counseling them on relationships, and just hanging out and having fun with them.

People with disabilities are often forgotten or ignored, both generally in our culture but also sometimes, tragically, by the people who should care the most about them. According to the 2008 Annual Homeless Assessment Report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 42.8 percent of adults in homeless shelters were disabled, compared with 17.7 percent of the general U.S. population. Marginalization of children and young adults with disabilities can also happen in schools, due to insufficient resources or lack of awareness or initiative. Children can slip through the cracks when there’s only one special education teacher and a classroom full of students with a variety of disabilities, some of them severe. In addition to the suffering and anxiety caused by inadequate attention in the classroom, a compromised education in childhood can also lead to serious economic disadvantages later in life.

We need to work together to promote awareness of ASD and other disabilities, and to create a network of support and education for families with diagnosed and undiagnosed members. We must also reach out to those who educate and care for these individuals.

I invite you to explore this site and learn more about autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PPD-NOS). There are many, many ways to help and a real need for that help. There really is no better feeling than knowing you’re actually making a difference for somebody—that you’re helping to meet a real and pressing need.

This Web site provides general educational information only. It is not intended to be, and should not be used as, a substitute for medical treatment or diagnosis by a health care professional. You should not assume that information on a particular topic on the Web site is complete or up to date. You should never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of what you have read on this Web site.