Paul Kotler

Paul Kotler is a self-advocate who types to communicate.  He received training in self-advocacy at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network in 2012. This experience was a turning point for him.  Paul is a student at Widener University where he is working towards a degree in psychology.  He has been a guest lecturer in NYU’s Occupational Therapy Department, AOTA conferences, the Hilibrand Autism Symposium and others.  He had his breakthrough in communication at age 14 with Soma Mukhopadhyay’s Rapid Prompting Method, which led to independent typing.  Paul is an advocate for all those without a voice, working to help neurotypicals understand that being nonspeaking does not mean low cognitive ability, nor do sensory and movement differences.   Being connected socially and the desire to be engaged fully in community are just as important as for everyone else.  View his blog at www.diverseautism.net