Sarah Stup, a writer with autism, discovered the power of the written word when she was eight. Until that time, because she could not speak, few appreciated just how bright she was or the extent to which she absorbed her lessons and environment. Ultimately, Sarah would graduate high school with honors, but it was from her first awkwardly written sentences that her dream of being a writer began.
Sarah was born in Frederick, MD, in 1983, and was diagnosed with autism at an early age. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning its symptoms vary from person to person. Sarah’s disability is considered significant. She does not speak and has limited motor skills. Still, she writes.
From her cozy kitchen nook, she has written two books in two years: Do-si-Do with Autism, for children; and Are Your Eyes Listening? Collected Works, for adults. Sarah has also just released her Keepsake Collection, which includes Nest Feathers: A celebration of family, home and memories shared and Heart and Spirit: Words to comfort, inspire and share.
Sarah is now at work on a third book, for middle-schoolers, and a DVD for teachers and parents based on Do-si-Do with Autism.
Although Sarah’s writings deal with the experience of autism, each also touches on universal themes like love, personal meaning and the need to belong.
Sarah’s work has been embraced by families, educators and professionals in the disabilities community. It also has won the enthusiastic support of The Arc of Frederick County, the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and the State of Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services, among others.
Sarah was named recipient of the The Arc of Maryland Self-advocate Award and the Frances and Lease Bussard Award for Self-advocacy. Now, as then, she devotes much of her time to sensitizing others to the barriers people with disabilities face, not just in the workplace but in all aspects of society.
Sarah thanks the following organizations and individuals
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Sarah's dream: To increase understanding of autism and other developmental disabilities. Her inspirational books, essays, poems and keepsake gift card collections for adults reveal her experiences and insights. Her children's book, DVD, lesson plans and downloads, classroom disability awareness and in-service activities, and free materials and resources help parents, teachers, and peers learn the importance of friendships and community inclusion.