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Connie Howse


Connie Howse was recently interviewed by PBS for the documentary “A Wider World.” A tireless advocate for the autistic, she helped save the internationally-recognized center-based program for the autistic, Burger Center, from closure.  She has also spoken at conferences and before school boards on educational issues related to autism.  An accomplished performer and violinist with 23 years of teaching experience, she has successfully utilized music therapy with special needs students and lectured on the healing powers of music.  She is a graduate of Spring Arbor University, trained in Psychology and Music.  She and her husband of 35 years, Ken, and their four sons (one of which, Scott, has autism), reside in Livonia, Mich.


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Connie Howse was recently interviewed by PBS for the documentary “A Wider World.” A tireless advocate for the autistic, she helped save the internationally-recognized center-based program for the autistic, Burger Center, from closure.  She has also spoken at conferences and before school boards on educational issues related to autism.  An accomplished performer and violinist with...    Read More...

Scott Howse


Scott Howse, diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 1/2, has accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments in spite of his disability.  He was the first-ever student-athlete with autism to be named Academic All-American at the Junior College Level for Schoolcraft College in Livonia in 2011.  His story was recently featured in the PBS documentary “A Wider World,” focused on individuals with disabilities, shown nationwide and featured in Autism Research Institute's newsletter.  He was also named "Most Valuable Runner" in 2008 on his community college cross-country team.


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Scott Howse, diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 1/2, has accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments in spite of his disability.  He was the first-ever student-athlete with autism to be named Academic All-American at the Junior College Level for Schoolcraft College in Livonia in 2011.  His story was recently featured in the PBS...    Read More...

How to get assistance during your autistic child’s high school years

How to get assistance during your autistic child’s high school years

If your autistic child is enrolled in the public school system, they are entitled, by law, to receive accommodations for their disability. It is up to you, the parent, to advocate on their behalf. Knowing what they are entitled to, and being aware of their needs, will help you to be effective in your dealings…    Read More…

Scott describes his experience performing in a talent show

Scott describes his experience performing in a talent show

Every time I started a new song, it sounded terrible. Nobody would want to listen to me. If we had had a dog at the time, it would have probably howled and left the room. It was that bad. I was starting to play the piano, and I didn’t even know when I was playing…    Read More…

The day Scott ran an entire 5K race with a broken collar bone

The day Scott ran an entire 5K race with a broken collar bone

Here’s a story written by our son, Scott, about the day that he ran an entire 5K with a broken collar bone. It started off like every cross country race I had ever run before. The day was warm, a beautiful, sunny October morning. That season I was running for Livonia Churchill High School. I…    Read More…

Why your friends & relatives may appear indifferent toward your autistic child

Why your friends & relatives may appear indifferent toward your autistic child

The news that a child in the family is autistic is most often met with a number of reactions. While all family members, even extended, would be supportive in an ideal world, the sad truth is that many are disgusted or disappointed. Sometimes, they even irrationally, consciously or subconsciously, blame the parents for the child’s…    Read More…

Our Worst Restaurant Visit

Our Worst Restaurant Visit

It was a rare treat. We were enjoying an evening out with two of our best friends at a local restaurant. The conversation was stimulating, and I was reveling in the calm, normal tone of an intelligent adult conversation. It was a refreshing change from my typical day filled with high-pitched screaming and unintelligible words…    Read More…