Tuckahoe PTA; Autism Awareness Month Event

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Autism advocate and motivational speaker Jesse A. Saperstein will speak as part of Autism Awareness Month to Tuckahoe Middle School students on Friday, April 25.
Autism advocate and motivational speaker Jesse A. Saperstein will speak as part of Autism Awareness Month to Tuckahoe Middle School students on Friday, April 25. Photo Credit: Contributed

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. -- Best-selling author, autism advocate and motivational speaker Jesse A. Saperstein will speak as part of Autism Awareness Month to Tuckahoe Middle School students on Friday, April 25.

Saperstein has a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. Individuals with Asperger’s are impaired by a profound lack of social skills, common sense, and resistance to change in routine. Saperstein’s story, "Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters," was published by Penguin Group in April 2010 and immediately became a popular memoir due to its practical advice and outrageous humor.

He chronicles his misadventures and extremes to improve his social skills. The book quickly rose to the top of Amazon.com and placed Saperstein as a dynamic media personality, motivational speaker and, most importantly, an advocate for people with disabilities. Saperstein is one of the most respected leaders of his generation in the anti-bullying movement. 

Saperstein discusses the anti-bullying movement Free-Falling to End Bullying in 2012 and screens his popular YouTube video that features him skydiving from 14,000 feet. Preview the video here: http://www.youtube.com/jesseasaperstein

Saperstein visits schools on a regular basis and has been successful in wiping out or dramatically reducing bullying with every presentation. He is currently working on initiatives to pioneer a middle/high school class in New York State that will focus on educating young people about misunderstood disabilities and the psychological and legal consequences of bullying.

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