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The Melvin Manishen Reading Room

The Melvin Manishen Reading Room


In commemoration of Melvin Manishen

April 25, 1925 – November 10, 2006

“Melvin Manishen loved reading, learning and sharing.”  

Jeff Manishen, son of Melvin Manishen  


Born in Winnipeg as the youngest of 6 children, Melvin joined his father in  the family business, Empire Sheet Metal, which he later came to operate for  almost 50 years.  Furnaces, pipes, sheet metal fabricating and related aspects  of the industry weren’t enough to satisfy his need for challenge so he  expanded the business into product lines such as electronics, home furniture  and even plastic injection-moulded picnic coolers. His sense of humour and  creative spirit led him to imaginative advertising and marketing ideas.  He and  his wife Beverly were married on July 2, 1947 and raised three sons: James,  Jeffrey and Wayne, all of whom married and had children of their own.   

When James’ son, Ira, was diagnosed with autism, Mr. Manishen determined to do everything he could to learn more about the condition.  His efforts led him to several newspaper and magazine articles as well as a book written in French that  he paid to have translated into English.  He even consulted with internationally renowned experts to gain a greater understanding of the challenges Ira and the family would have to face.  When Joshua, Wayne’s son, was also diagnosed with autism, Mr. Manishen’s research efforts continued with even more dedication. 

In 2006, Mr. Manishen was diagnosed with cancer.  Ever thoughtful of others, he was concerned that the information he had gathered on autism would be lost.   Through the efforts of his son, Jeffrey, a Hamilton lawyer and longtime friend of Joel and Nicole, the Directors of Behaviour Innovations, arrangements were made for Mr. Manishen’s materials to be delivered to Behaviour Innovations for the  benefit of families under their care.     

The news of how his legacy gift would be used gave Mr. Manishen great  comfort.  He passed away a few days later on November 10, 2006.  

  It is with great honour that we are able to share Mr. Manishen’s devoted interest with the rest of the community. Please feel free to peruse the material at your leisure.

1. Article on Dr, Feuerstein theory on cognitive modifiability.

2. Description of book by Kluth (2003)

3. Brochure for Zareinu Educational Centre

4. Wall Street Journal on research on autism, 2005

5. Special Care for Special People, Stewart Home School 

6. The Sibling Center Brochure (2003)

7. Hadley, T. (2003, December). Sunstroke. The New Yorker 

8.  Program offers hope for autistic students by Elaine O'Connor

9.  Identifying normal by Jane E. Brody 

10. System frustrates father of autistic boy by John Ivison. The National Post 

11. Frangos. A. (2003, November). Center's Design Tries to Aid Autism Battle. The Wall Street Journal 

12. Greene. K. Caregivers of Adult Children Get Help. The Wall Street Journal. 

13.  Founder of Child Development Institute by Wolfgang Saxon 

14. Time Article. May, 2002. 

15. Treating Autism and Accepting It

16. Freudenheim. M. (2004, December). Battling Insurers Over Autism Treatment . The New York Times

17. Home Alone by Susan Senator 

18. George's Place by Carolyn See

19. Peace of Mind, Forbes (2004)

20. Few Options for Treating Autism by Polly Morrice 

21. Autism contunues to confuse scientists, parents looking for treatments by Judy Foreman (1999)

22. Article linking Autism with toxic metals by Sandy Kleffman

23. How About Not 'Curing' Us, Some Autistics Are Pleading 

24. Dear Dr. Paul Donohue

25. Results are Falling Short of Claims in Behavior Therapy for Children With Autism  

26. Slow- Motion Miracle: One Boy's Journey Out of Autism's Grasp

27. Therapy for Autism, The Winnipeg Free Press 

28. Nudging Toward Normal by Jane Gross 

29. Answer, but Not a Cure For a Social Disorder That Isolates Many 

30. Lifting the Viels of Autism, One by One by Erica Goode

31. PLAN facts, 2002

32. Family gambles on sons's future by Carol Sanders

33. In Autism, New Goal Is Finding It Soon Enough to Fight It










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