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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...

“There’s Saddam Hussein!”

“There’s Saddam Hussein!”

Every day, the television was blaring bomb strikes in Iraq. The year was 1990, and the first President Bush was in the process of decimating the country. Night after night, the sights of war were being broadcast in our living room. It was almost surreal, like a movie that was somehow unrealistic. It was hard…    Read More…

Scott describes his first days with a tutor

Scott describes his first days with a tutor

This free-form poem was written by our son, Scott Howse. It describes his first day with a very determined, talented tutor named “Cathy,” who we will be forever indebted to for her help! TRYING TO ESCAPE Running from front to back yard Afraid she would touch me I never wanted to be touched She wouldn’t…    Read More…

Scott describes the day he ran 13 miles and got lost

Scott describes the day he ran 13 miles and got lost

Here’s a poem written by our son, Scott, about the day when he ran over 13 miles and got lost in the process. The Longest Run The Bruce Rail Trail Five miles, they said Just five easy miles We’ll meet you at the checkpoint Here it is They went away, left me to run Didn’t…    Read More…

What is it like to grow up with autism?

What is it like to grow up with autism?

This poem was written by our autistic son, Scott. It covers his reflections on growing up as an autistic child in our home. Growing up with Autism Hard. So Hard for my parents Had to put up with me Heard me scream. Over and over So frustrated. Couldn’t get it out Slow starting with language…    Read More…

Our autistic son’s perspective on going to school

Our autistic son’s perspective on going to school

This poem was written by our autistic son, Scott.  He shares his perspective on going to Burger School for Students with Autism. Burger School for the Autistic by Scott Howse People wonder what its like to attend Some think its for strange people Some think I’m strange Some think it’s a freaky place Some think…    Read More…