In honor of Autism Awareness month in April, Ohio Valley resident and motivational speaker David George will speak on Asperger’s Syndrome at West Virginia Northern Community College’s Wheeling and Weirton campuses.
The events will be held at 3 p.m. April 17 in the B&O Building auditorium, Wheeling campus, and at 6 p.m. April 22 on the Weirton campus, room 208. They are free and open to the public. For more information, call Christina Sullivan, director of academic student support services, at 304-214-8853.
George was diagnosed with a learning disability and ADD earlier in his life, and the recent additional diagnoses of Asperger’s adds another dimension to his life experiences and advice to others struggling with these disorders. He addresses the challenges he and others like him have faced to encourage social development in individuals with Asperger’s, ADD and learning disabilities as well as to generally spread awareness of these disorders to the public.
The speaker also is the author of a partially autobiographical book, “Be Unique Be You and Live!” This book details George’s struggles “with a severe learning disability and ADD in an environment where he was ‘a fish out of water.’ Yet he succeeded while attending Bethany College in West Virginia and went on to graduate school. (The) book is designed to combat ignorance with inspirational principles that benefit everyone.”