Me in The Times, upcoming events, and other interesting stuff

A few weeks ago I talked to Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times. She was writing a story about model Heather Kuzmich, and she quoted me in her article here

Today, Tara wrote about me, Asperger's, and Look Me in the Eye. You can find her story here:

The title, Seeing Yourself in Autism, is particularly significant to me. You see, a large part of my message is that we autistic folks are not so very different, deep down. We may act in ways the average person finds strange, but we have the same feelings, hopes, and dreams.

We come in all different levels of functionality, all colors, shapes and sizes, with all manner of gifts and defects. Just like the rest of the population.

I hope my book makes that clear. Her story's title tells me she got that message, and I hope all her readers do too.

Like millions and millions of neurotypical people everywhere, we autistic folks want more than anything to be accepted and appreciated for what we are. We don't want to be marginalized or belittled any longer. Help is great, provided it comes with acceptance. Just like anyone else.

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Now, last week I wrote about Billy the Kid. I said I'd be introducing the film next week in New York. Here are the details. I'll be leading q&a sessions after both shows. I hope you'll come join Jennifer, the crew, and me at the Independent Film Center next Monday evening.

Billy the Kid Special Screenings and Q&As – December 17th after the 6:25pm and 8:25pm Shows!

Special Guest Speaker John Elder Robison, author of LOOK ME IN THE EYE (NY Times Best Seller) and, director, Jennifer Venditti!

Tickets on sale now at or at IFC CENTER 323 Sixth Avenue at West 3rd Street. Discounted group tickets are available for groups of 10 or more at any show Mon-Thurs, and Friday before 5pm. Tickets are $8/person, and need to be paid for in bulk. Groups should arrange discounted tickets by calling in advance. The phone number is 212 924 6789. Please speak to Harris or Katy.


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