May 2022 Bulletin ref4

JESSE SAPERSTEIN, AUTHOR AND ADVOCATE FOR PEOPLE WITH AUTISM, TO DISCUSS LIFE AS A JEW ON THE SPECTRUM IN TALK AT B’NAI SHOLOM

Jesse Saperstein, popular author, advocate for people with autism and motivational speaker, will discuss his experiences as a Jew living on the autism spectrum in a talk Friday, June 3, during the congregation’s Shabbat service.

The program was originally planned for February, which is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month.  It has been moved to June so that we can have a live audience to better engage with Jesse’s presentation and meet and greet him in person.

Jesse is the author of Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters and Getting a Life with Asperger’s, both published by Penguin Group (USA).  He lives with Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism that impairs social abilities while enhancing many other qualities.  Jesse was included as one of the 50 unsung American heroes in American Spirit by New York Times bestselling authors Taya Kyle and Jim DeFelice.

Jesse’s numerous public speaking credits include the United Nations, lecturing at the Mall of America in Minneapolis and a February 2020 appearance on “Dr. Phil.”

After graduating from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2004, Jesse conquered the 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail to benefit the Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation, raising more than $19,000 to enable children who had contracted HIV/AIDS through prenatal transmission to attend summer camp. He moved to Albany in 2015 to live in his first apartment as an independent adult. Jesse serves as the media and activities liaison for the College Experience Program run by Living Resources Inc. with The College of Saint Rose, which gives individuals with disabilities the ability to attend a mainstream college with a modified curriculum and provides life skills as well as employment training.

For more information about the program, contact Roy Fruiterman, Committee on Disabilities chair, at rfruiterman@gmail.com.

We look forward to learning from Jesse!

B'nai Sholom Albany NY