Dr. Mesibov’s presentation in Japan to Dr. Sasaki
Dr. Masami Sasaki was presented with the The Eric Schopler Lifetime Achievement Award by Dr. Gary Mesibov, former Director of the TEACCH program. The presentation was made in Tokyo, Japan in late August at Waseda University, as part of the 9th annual Conference attended by 850 participants and sponsored by Asahi Shimbum Social Welfare Organization. The Schopler Award is given to an individual “In recognition of Exemplary Leadership and Enduring Contributions to the Understanding and Treatment of Autism.” In 1982, Dr. Sasaki made the first of many visits to the TEACCH program in North Carolina. Since that time, he has been instrumental in introducing the concepts developed by TEACCH to professionals and parents throughout Japan. Through his advocacy, teaching, research and clinical work, he has expanded and improved the services for children and adults with autism and their families throughout Japan. As one of Dr. Eric Schopler’s closest friends, Dr. Sasaki shares many of the attributes that characterized Eric’s work. His humility and compassion combined with his knowledge and vision make him a role model for others who endeavor to improve services and the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families.