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Robert Naseef
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Psychologist, parent, keynote speaker, author of "Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together"
Psychologist, parent, keynote speaker, author of "Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together"

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On April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, I gave a TEDx talk at Arcadia University on the theme of “The Big Idea.” My title was “How autism teaches us about being human.” Looking forward to this day, I had written, memorized, planned, and rehearsed.
Nonetheless, as I began telling my story, I was momentarily flooded with emotion. The picture of me holding Tariq at 1 day old with him making eye contact, triggered something I hadn’t planned. It was this time of year in 1981 when my son, Tariq, stopped speaking and started pacing, spinning, and flapping. The words stuck in my throat…
Regaining my balance, I went on to a somewhat different talk than pre-planned. Upon reflection, I wish I had the presence of mind to say right them and there that grief has no schedule. Like autism it’s part of our human nature.
I hope you find my talk helpful and would love hearing your reactions.
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It was great meeting this involved father making a difference for his family in Kuwait. #autismawareness #fatherhood
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Check out my story on "Involved Fathers Get Results" on page 8.
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When the movie Rainman was released 27 years ago, the incidence of autism was 15 in 10,000, and my son was one of the 15. There was an unprecedented surge of interest in autism. Since then we’ve come a long way in awareness, but accepting and supporting the full range of unique individuals, from the nonverbal to the extremely articulate requires action. This is a public health challenge and a moral imperative for society.

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When the movie Rainman was released 27 years ago, the incidence of autism was 15 in 10,000, and my son was one of the 15. There was an unprecedented surge of interest in autism. Since then we’ve come a long way in awareness, but accepting and supporting the full range of unique individuals, from the nonverbal to the extremely articulate requires action. This is a public health challenge and a moral imperative for society.
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If you have ever had a family member with dementia, or if you haven't this blog will touch your heart and soul.
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