JOHN SHEEHAN

Living life on the spectrum. Surviving in the world with autism and other developmental disabilities.

John Sheehan has spent a lifetime trying to understand who he is.

As a young child, he always knew he was different. The diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder was years away in the medical field and thus he was on his own to navigate school and relationships. He got good grades and followed the rules, so moved through the years academically alright, yet spent enormous trial-and-error energy on navigating spacial issues and connecting with others.

After graduating from college, he spent 20 years moving from job to job, trying desperately to find a place for himself. He ultimately found his niche at PFW helping others with similar disabilities understand their differences and find the success that was so elusive for him for so long. He is a college professor of English and History, a trainer at Bethesda Lutheran Communities, and an author! He and his wife have more than 20 years of complementing each other and navigating the social and relational obstacles of life together.

He continues to learn about himself as an adult Living Life on the Spectrum: Surviving in the world with autism and other developmental disabilities.