MY VISION AS NEW EDITOR OF TAP
By Sharisa Joy Kochmeister
My goal is to take autism into the future and not focus on the past –focus instead on treatment and amelioration of related symptoms. I believe the mission of TAP should always be to allow autism to be part of the planet upon which we reside, have it regarded, understood and accepted as a gift to our world, and see the positives that so often get hidden.

My name is Sharisa Joy Kochmeister and I’m a professional author of poetry and essays; a performed composer and lyricist; a graduate of The University of Denver with a 3.6 GPA and a dual degree in Psychology and Sociology; a professional speaker, consultant, trainer and advocate in the areas of disability rights, inclusion, diversity, and alternative methods of communication; President of Autcom and on the Executive Committee of the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council; a member of WOW (Watch Our Words) Colorado; on the advisory panels of Autism Society of America and The Autism Perspective and a future social psychologist and/or educator studying autism and other disabilities and continuing to advocate for children's rights as well as the rights of all people with and without so-called disabilities.

Oh, and by the way, I have multiple disabilities, including Cerebral Palsy, autism, epilepsy and being non-verbal and requiring a keyboard to communicate and a trusted assistant to ease my way. I have been to The White House and met President Clinton; have received college, local, state and national awards for advocacy and community service; have written a fairytale about autism to help people understand better; and am writing my autobiography, entitled "My Life As A Zero and My Life As A Hero." I've been a high school and college literary magazine writer and editor; have edited a newsletter about autism as well as other accomplishments.

Please feel free to email me at: Sharisa@theautismperspective.org
 


Sharisa Kochmeister
Editor-in-Chief