Autism South Africa, Action in Autism and Autism Western Cape are extremely pleased to present Dr. Ivor Weiner, a US-based educator promoting a message of hope and possibility via a three-city lecture tour beginning in July.Dr. Weiner is donating his time and travel costs, with funds raised from the lectures to support the organizations and their work.
Dr. Weiner, who was born in South Africa, has both professional and personal experience working with special-needs students. His own daughter, Layla, was diagnosed with autism when she was 19-months-old. Despite his extensive scholarly background in the field, Dr. Weiner struggled with the diagnosis, worried about the potentially limited future facing his daughter. As their journey continued, he realized that she could excel in life with the help of her family and through access to support services. Today, she is a high-functioning senior school student with great aspirations for her future.
"My hope is for people to understand that autism is a neurological variance," said Dr Weiner. "People who are autistic are different, not damaged; they simply present with different strengths. It’s important to embrace these strengths and nurture areas for improvement, just like with any other child. Support for these children and their families is critical. That’s why I’m honored to partner with Autism South Africa to support its mission of ensuring a meaningful quality of life for people with autism spectrum disorder."
"I want families to understand that it’s okay to have hope," said Weiner. "Hope is what allows parents to open up to all sorts of possibilities. If, after attending these lectures, just one parent says, ‘I can look at my child a little differently,’ where that parent embraces her child’s strengths, I’ll be happy."
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