Eric Schopler

Welcome to the web log in memory of Dr. Eric Schopler (1927-2006), a professor of psychiatry and psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill for more than 40 years and a pioneer in the humane and effective treatment of autism. In an era when parents were blamed for causing what was felt to be a psychological problem, Eric was one of the first to use empirical research to establish the true, neurological basis of autism and its effective treatment--treatment that included parents as co-therapists. His methods have been studied and adopted by autism programs around the world, bringing hope and brighter futures to thousands of families in dozens of countries. In the process, hundreds of people have come to know and admire him and have been privileged to call him "friend." This web log is dedicated to sharing and preserving the memories that these friends, family and colleagues have of this truly unique and great man.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Memorial at the Carolina Living & Learning Center

A plaque, a glider and two Japanese trees were placed just south of the entrance to the Mary E. VanBourgondien Multipurpose Building at the Carolina Living & Learning Center located in Pittsboro, North Carolina in memory of Dr. Eric Schopler. Nancy Reichle, Director of the CLLC, lead the ceremony. Margaret (Miggie) Lansing and Tom Schopler spoke to those attending about how dedicated Eric was to persons with autism and how the CLLC came into existance because of his efforts. Susie Schopler and some of Eric's grandchildren were also there. Click here to view some of the presentation by Miggie.