Jesse A. Saperstein is a best-selling author, motivational speaker and vocal advocate for people with disabilities. He is considered one of the most respected leaders in the Anti-Bullying movement of his generation. Jesse also has a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome (AS).

Jesse has conquered the 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail, completed a skydiving jump, donated blood during a live telecast and addressed global delegates at the United Nations in his efforts to raise awareness for the causes he is passionate about. Sigourney Weaver and Dr. Temple Grandin are among his biggest fans.

As a young adult, Jesse was exposed to some of the cruel realities of living as an adult on the autism spectrum. His decision to become a writer was an opportunity to escape these realities and advocate for his peers who are not always granted a voice.

Jesse’s popular memoir offers practical advice and outrageous humor. He chronicles his misadventures and extremes to improve his social skills.  His most recent book “Getting a Life with Asperger’s: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood,” functions as a guidebook to ensure a smoother transition into adulthood.

His stories offer hope of a brighter future for individuals and families and provide educational clarity to help teachers fight for their unique students. His story is an optimistic message for those who share his challenges and possess special talents that often go unrecognized. Most important, it is a lesson for all of us who struggle with something.

Saperstein will provide the keynote address at the BAC’s 3rd Annual Employ, Empower: Achieve Awards Celebration on October 23rd at 8:30 a.m. at the Hilton Rialto. Tickets are on sale at www.bacbrevard.com. For more information, contact Susan McGrath at 321-632-8610 X204.