Sunday, May 19, 2019

National Inspirational Speaker, Sam Gelfand at Fordistas XI

Sam Gelfand will speak during the special preview of Fordistas XI on April 13th at the Yo♥305 Gallery.

National Asperger’s Awareness speaker Sam Gelfand presents “Talk About it! Living from the Outside:  An Atypical View of Living in a Typical World.”

Sam Gelfand is just 15 years old, yet his wisdom, humor, perspective and poignant words are stirring audiences throughout the country.  He was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum when he was just three years old.  Since then, he has worked through many therapies and programs to make his diagnosis as transparent as possible and to better manage life in a complicated world.  At 12 for his Bar Mitzvah project, he started a campaign to publically speak about Asperger’s Awareness, and has become a sought-after speaker with a national tour.

Sam speaks to faculties, students, religious and community organizations, and just spent his Spring Break giving 7 speeches in one week throughout New Jersey.  He commences the Walk Now for Autism kick off events as well as the Walks and recently spoke at the Royal Park Bridge Lighting in West Palm Beach in commemoration of Light It Up Blue.  Last year, he spoke at a conference in Washington, D.C. in front of more than 1,000 people.  Next week, he will be speaking to the Commissioners and other government officials of the city of Miami for their Autism Awareness Event.

SamSpeaks CBI and Miami Walk 059

Sam is a student at North Broward Prep in Florida, where he is a member of the Debate Team and is the announcer for the Varsity Baseball team.  He enjoys drawing concept cars, history, playing the drums and baseball.  His goal is to help spread Asperger’s Awareness by appearing on TV and to attend college to study Automotive Design.  He has a blog called SNaCk  which is filled with political satire and a digital portfolio containing freehand drawings of his perseveration, concept cars.

Sam is a truly remarkable young man who has endured more challenges and situations than anyone should ever have to know in a lifetime.  He is the epitome of what early intervention, hard work and a ton of love (and patience) can accomplish.  Sam and his devoted and courageous mother, Allison Craigie,

have been on a journey, navigating their way through symptoms, diagnoses, treatments and therapies.  Allison recently wrote a chapter for a new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Raising Kids on the Spectrum, which was released on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day.

For more information about the event, please contact Allison Craigie at or 954-803-1203.


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