I was just in the audience for this one. A couple of college students who self-identify as being on the Spectrum (Asperger's, Non-Verbal Learning Disability) presented a case for "understanding" last week on campus. Forty or so students, staff, faculty (mostly students) showed up at 7pm to hear what they had to say. Eric Dicesare, an art/graphic design major lead the discussion, largely drawing from his own experience and the response was noteable (to say the least). Students shared their own stories of struggling with disabilities of all sorts and several talked about friends and family members with Autism.
This was something that Eric and his friend just decided they should do. A kind of "Greening of KSC" to change consciousness about people who are quirky and different...a plea for extending our notions of diversity to what has been called Neurodiversity. A great night. Informative and inspiring. Here's a quick clip: