The Arc Community League hosts autism advocate


(left to right) Rose Mary Cella, Board President; Beth Wolert, MSC Supervisor/Connections Chairperson; Earl Layumas, Executive Director; and Jesse Saperstein, author, autism advocate, and motivational speaker.

At The Arc Community League’s Connections parent support group meeting on Aug. 12, the Chapter hosted Jesse Saperstein, autism advocate, motivational speaker, and author of “Atypical” Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters” and “Getting a Life with Asperger’s: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood.”
He spoke to parents, individuals, and guests about his life, his experiences with bullying as someone on the autism spectrum. Saperstein also shared a number of stories about his life growing up, college life, hiking the Appalachian Trail, writing two books, and his job experiences leading up to his current position as a Habilitation Liaison with The College Experience.
The College Experience is a two-year residential non-credit certificate program hosted by The College of Saint Rose in partnership with Living Resources. Through the program, students with intellectual disabilities can practice living independently, make friends, intern at area businesses, and become part of a diverse campus community. Launched in 2005, it remains just one of a handful of academic programs in the nation that serve the developmentally disabled population post high school graduation. For more information, please click here.