GRCC Diversity Series Lecturer to discuss life with Asperger’s



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


GRCC’s Diversity Series Lecturer to discuss life with Asperger’s

Nov. 12, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Author, business owner and educator — John Elder Robison is all of these things plus one more: a person with Asperger’s syndrome. He will share his experiences on Nov. 13 as part of Grand Rapids Community College’s Diversity Lecture Series.

Robison grew up with the developmental disorder at a time when few people knew what to make of it and didn’t, in fact, receive a diagnosis until he was 40. But as he relates in his memoir, Look Me in the Eye, Asperger’s has not stood in his way — he is a successful father who runs a multimillion-dollar car specialty show and a photography business. He is involved in autism research at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, and is an adjunct professor at Elms College in Massachusetts.

Robison’s free lecture begins at 7 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, and is ASL interpreted. He will sign copies of his book after the lecture. GRCC encourages the entire community to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation, or have questions about accessibility, please call Disability Support Services at (616) 234-4140 in advance of your visit or program participation.

On-campus parking is available for $3 (with a discount pass). For more information about other speakers in the series, please call (616) 234-3390 or click here.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.