William Stillman is the author of Demystifying the Autistic
Experience: A Humanistic Introduction for Parents, Caregivers, and
Educators, which has been highly praised by the autism
self-advocacy community. His other titles include The Everything
Parent's Guide to Children with Asperger's Syndrome: Help, Hope,
and Guidance and The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with
Bipolar Disorder: Professional, Reassuring Advice to Help You
Understand and Cope. Stillman also writes a column, "Through the
Looking Glass," for the national quarterly magazine The Autism
Perspective and is on the publication's advisory board.
As an adult with Asperger's Syndrome, a mild "cousin" of autism, Stillman's message of reverence and respect has touched thousands through his acclaimed autism workshops and private consultations. His national television appearances include CNN Medical News and the Maury Povich Show.
Stillman has a BS in Education from Millersville University in Pennsylvania, and has worked to support people with different ways of being since 1987. He was formerly the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of Mental Retardation's statewide point person for children with intellectual impairment, mental health issues, and autism.
Stillman is at the forefront of the autism self-advocacy movement and is founder of the Pennsylvania Autism Self-Advocacy Coalition, which endeavors to educate and advise state and local government, law enforcement, educators, and the medical community. He serves on Pennsylvania's Autism Task Force and is on several autism and Asperger's advisory boards including the Youth Advocate Programs' National Autism Advisory Committee. Stillman has collaborated with Temple University to develop a relationship-based curriculum for Youth Advocate Programs which will set the national standard by which mental health workers will be trained to support children and adolescents with autism. He is also the coordinator for a Pennsylvania-based meeting group of individuals who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
Stillman is coauthor of several successful books about his life-long passion, The Wizard of Oz. He website address is www.williamstillman.com.