Autism Loses 150k: ‘Expert’ Fakes Identity

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Stacy Lore seemed to be heaven-sent to the Norwalk Board of Education and the families affected by autism in Norwalk, Connecticut. Boasting a doctorate, as well as a slew of skills and behavior analysis talents that could help the children with autism, Lore persuaded the city to give her $150,000 and parents of the children with autism to invest $33,000 in her individualized education services. She has been working since 2007.

After numerous complaints from the parents of children with autism,  Lore was finally exposed as a scam artist toting only a high school diploma and no previous experience teaching children with autism. Recently, Lore was arrested and now faces three counts each of first-degree larceny, second-degree forgery and criminal impersonation. The families also blame her for hindering their childrens’ development, and causing irreparable damage.

Perhaps one good thing that has come of this horrible incident is the drafting of a new bill that enforces legislature to ensure therapists are qualified. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Suzanne Letso, CEO of the Connecticut Center for Child Development have drafted the bill and called it, “An Act Concerning Special Education.” The Act will require that all teachers will have a Bachelors Degree in related field, License by the Department of Health OR be certified by the State Department of Education.

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  1. amazed by lies
    Posted April 21, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Does this really say “no previous experience”? Stacy worked with autistic children from when she was a teenager. She worked at Norwest, a camp that provided services to developmentally disabled kids of all kinds. She was hired by families of autistic children from the camp as a baby sitter and family helper. She volunteered in children’s hospitals for years. She may not have had the credentials she claimed, but she had an enormous amount of experience and know how.

  2. amazed by lies
    Posted April 21, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Also, she has a nephew with autism, so if that doesn’t provide “experience” I don’t know what does.

  3. Ruth
    Posted April 22, 2010 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    @ amazed by lies… It is easy to see that that is NOT enough experience to mean that STACY LORE knows how to properly develop a solid plan for children with autism and allocate 150,000 for the creation of treatments. She is very, very unqualified.

  4. amazed by lies
    Posted April 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    150,000 dollars over the course of almost 4 years. That’s also something the paper keeps failing to mention. Someone who’s main goal is to make money, probably would have pulled in more over that course of time. I am not defending her actions as far as her credentials were concerned, but defending her as a person who thought she was doing right by these people and their kids. She is not a greedy person as the media is trying to make her, she is not some sort of monster. She loves kids, is very giving, and cares about people far more than the paper, the senator (who doesn’t know her at all) and these mothers are letting on. There are emails from the mothers involved written to Stacy telling her how wonderful their kid’s were doing under her care. Now tell me there isn’t more to this story. I just wish that there was a fair representation of who she really is, and less slander and blatant lies being printed.

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