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Neurodiversity Resources For The Coronavirus

Neurodiversity and the Coronavirus


A Message From Different Brains Founder Hackie Reitman, M.D.

Hello there!

I hope everyone reading this is staying safe and healthy. The entire team here at Different Brains is working from home and following the CDC guidelines. Our mentorship trainee program is also continuing remotely, and we are adjusting to make the best our new normal routines in this temporary Coronavirus era.

We are determined to take this bad break and turn it into something positive for our neurodivergent team and for the individuals and families we serve.

We are dedicated to continuing to release our positive content during this time, because while all of our lives are changing, the tips and tools we highlight aren’t. Now more than ever, we need to take care of ourselves, and must be understanding of and accommodating to the differences in our brains.

So, we hope that while you’re home practicing social distancing that you continue to enjoy our videos, podcasts, and articles – and keep an eye out as we start to explore the world of new style webinars! Below we are including some insightful pieces from around the web that may also be helpful. We will keep this page updated – so check back. And if you know of any articles that are good additions please send them to diffbrains@gmail.com.

Society needs to understand and embrace Neurodiversity for the benefit of ALL of us. Especially in times like these. Wishing you and yours safety, good health, and positive stability through this coronavirus chapter of our neurodiverse lives.

-Hackie Reitman, M.D.
President and Founder, Different Brains Inc.

 

Neurodiversity & Coronavirus Resources

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Different Brains® Inc. founder Harold “Hackie” Reitman, M.D. is an author, filmmaker, retired orthopedic surgeon, former professional heavyweight boxer, the past chairman and president (and current board member) of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County, and a neurodiversity advocate. However, it was his role as a father that led to the creation of the DifferentBrains.org website.

Hackie’s daughter Rebecca grew up with epilepsy, 23 vascular brains tumors, and underwent 2 brain surgeries before the age of 5. Her struggles and recovery put him on the road to, through 26 professional heavyweight boxing matches, raising money for children’s charities (to which he donated every fight purse).

Rebecca eventually went on to graduate from Georgia Tech with a degree in Discrete Mathematics, and Dr. Reitman wrote and produced a film based on her experiences there (The Square Root of 2, starring Darby Stanchfield of ABC’s Scandal). After graduation, Rebecca received a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome. Hackie, shocked at his own ignorance of the topic despite being an M.D., embarked on years of research that culminated with his book Aspertools: The Practical Guide for Understanding and Embracing Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Neurodiversity (released by HCI books, publishers of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series).

This experience revealed to Hackie the interconnectedness of the conditions that fall under the neurodiversity umbrella, while alerting him to the in-fighting and fractured relations that often plague the organizations tasked with serving the community. Convinced that overcoming these schisms could help all of society, Hackie forged the Different Brains philosophy of inclusive advocacy: “Supporting Neurodiversity – From Autism to Alzheimer’s and All Brains In Between”.

In the company’s initial years of operation, Hackie self-financed all of the content on DifferentBrains.org, all of which offered free to view to the public. Currently he is the host of our weekly interview show Exploring Different Brains, writes blogs for the site, and tours the country speaking at conferences, conventions and private functions, all with the goal of improving the lives of neurodiverse individuals and their families, and maximizing the potential of those with different brains. Separate from Different Brains, Hackie is the founder and CEO of PCE Media, a media production company focusing on reality based content. He recently co-executive produced the documentary “Foreman”, the definitive feature documentary on legendary boxer and pitchman George Foreman.