aspiesunite
“Aspies unite!” Jacob and Mikel Cumiskey, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, October 6th, 2013

One of the unique perspectives of Cumiskey Education Group is our perspective on Autism–from the inside. Two of our consultants have lived with Autism Spectrum Disorder from birth, and feel strongly about both educating neurotypicals about ASD and assisting those on the Spectrum in reaching their full potential and enjoying life.

Mikel Cumiskey  was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS)–now under the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association) umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. Mikel is currently wrapping up his Master of Health Sciences degree at Nova Southeastern University, and has been accepted there to pursue his Doctor of Health Sciences degree beginning next year. Mikel is available for consultations concerning ASD from the inside, first-person perspective. He runs a twice-monthly social group for adults with AS in the Southeast Volusia area–families are welcome to attend these with their loved one if the adult with AS wishes to invite them. Mikel has over twenty years of experience attending Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings in Volusia County Schools, and is able to attend with you offering the experienced perspective of an individual on the Spectrum as well as the experience of a parent of children with varying exceptionalities including; Gifted, Learning Disabled, Physically Impaired, Language Impaired, and Autism.

Mikel would like to specialize in helping adults with ASD transition from high school to college.

Mikel’s tutoring areas of expertise include all levels of mathematics, the sciences including: biology, chemistry, and health sciences.

Mikel’s restricted interests include blues music, building guitars and tube amplifiers, building fine furniture and milling lumber. He serves as Trusted Advisor to the board at the New Smyrna Museum of East Coast Surfing and is an active member of the Smyrna Surfari Club.

Mikel can be reached at mikeljcumiskey@gmail.com

Jacob Cumiskey is a graduate of Spruce Creek High School; he holds an International Baccalaureate diploma from Spruce Creek. Jacob is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. He graduates this year and intends to pursue the terminal degree in poetry, a Master of Fine Arts, in Warren Wilson’s low-residency MFA program.

Jacob has taught classes for the Teachers of the Gifted endorsement class for Volusia County Schools three times, instructing on Asperger’s and Giftedness. Jacob trained, this school year, all of the teachers in the Catholic Diocese private schools in Volusia County. He has also presented for parents and professionals through the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Central Florida on his individual journey with ASD. Jacob was a featured presenter at the Florida Alliance for Arts Education Summit in Orlando, Florida in 2014 on the topic “Access through the Arts: One Student’s Journey to the Neurotypical World in the Public School Setting”.  As a result of that presentation, Jacob was asked to write for the State of Florida Arts Blog, the link can be found here:

http://culturebuildsflorida.org/2014/07/15/poetry-as-a-means-to-understand-and-cope-with-the-social-difficulties-of-having-autism/

Jacob’s poetry appears in several national literary magazines, including The Cortland Review.

Jacob’s areas of expertise include poetry and fiction writing, as well as advising parents and teachers of the perspective of a person with ASD from the inside of ASD. His strategies for teachers by grade level are in use by teachers throughout Volusia County.

Jacob’s restricted interests include video games and Magic The Gathering as well as poetry. He has a minor in English Literature and an interest in Outdoor Leadership, and has been on both the Landscaping Crew and the Health Promotions Crew at his college. Although he excels at mathematics and has taken six years of Spanish, these are subjects Jacob won’t tutor and despised in school. He’s done with them, hopefully forever. However, he can help neurotypicals in understanding why, as an Aspie, although he excelled at these subjects revisiting them is disregulating for him.

 

Jacob can be reached at jacobcumiskey@gmail.com

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