Champions of Change Gala, April 24
"Champions of Change: Building a Neurodiverse Workforce," will be held April 24, 2018, at the Bryant Park Grill in New York City. The evening is dedicated to advancing partnerships between business and education that create opportunities for neurodiverse individuals to contribute significant strengths to their industries.
Emmy Award-winning writer, actor, and talk show host Seth Meyers will be joining as an honored guest of Landmark College, and New York Times bestselling author and advocate for people with autism, John Elder Robison, will be recognized as an LD Luminary.
Through tickets sales, auction items, and contributions, the gala will raise funds for various Landmark College initiatives to support the goal of increasing neurodiversity in the workplace, including the creation of meaningful, productive career preparation and outcomes for its students; curriculum support for areas such as online learning, study abroad, social pragmatics programming, and others; and scholarships and financial aid.
In addition to its educational mission, Landmark College is working to promote neurodiversity in the workplace through its Office of Career Connections and building relationships with business and corporate entities that are committed to expanding opportunities for individuals with diverse learning profiles."Champions of Change" refers to the instrumental role corporations and educational institutions play in changing perceptions about individuals with learning difficulties borne of neurodiversity.
About John Elder Robison
John Elder Robison is the Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and one of the founders of the Neurodiversity Program at the school—one of the first of its kind at a major American university. He teaches neurodiversity at the Williamsburg campus and at the Washington DC continuing ed facility. He is an active participant in the ongoing discussion of ethical and legal issues relating to autism therapy, services, and intervention. He is particularly interested in improving quality of life for those people living with autism today—both autistic people and family members. He’s been a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and he serves on other boards for the US National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and private organizations. He is also a Professor of Practice in the Department of Education at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA, and the co-founder of the TCS Auto Program, a special ed high school program for teens with developmental challenges in Springfield, MA.
In his younger days Robison worked as an engineer for KISS and Pink Floyd’s sound company, and worked on original electronic games at Milton Bradley. Later on he founded J E Robison Service—a restorer of Land Rover, Rolls Royce, and Mercedes motorcars.
Robison’s books Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Intelligence, Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, and Raising Cubby are the most widely read accounts of life with Asperger’s in the world. His books have been translated into more than fifteen languages, and they are sold in 60+ countries. Robison has also authored or contributed to over 100 autism-related articles.
About Seth Meyers
Meyers is an Emmy Award-winning writer and the current host of Late Night with Seth Meyers. He was named one of the 2014 TIME 100, Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people. Meyers hosted the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2014 and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.
He began his TV career in 2001 with Saturday Night Live, where he was a cast member for 13 seasons. Meyers served as head writer for nine seasons and "Weekend Update" anchor for eight seasons. In 2011, Meyers won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for host Justin Timberlake's musical monologue. Meyers also garnered 14 additional Emmy nominations for his work as a writer in television.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Meyers studied and performed at iO Theatre before moving on to the Boom Chicago Theater in Amsterdam, Holland. His acclaimed show "Pick-ups and Hiccups," with partner Jill Benjamin, toured Europe and eventually caught the eye of SNL.
Meyers also executive produced and lent his voice to Hulu's animated superhero show The Awesomes, which ran for three seasons. In addition, Meyers has joined forces with SNL alums Fred Armisen and Bill Hader to create IFC's Emmy-nominated docs-parody series Documentary Now! Meyers hosted the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN and headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner to rave reviews.