Interview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvoZV_Ye5IQ
“It has been my honor to work with The Son-Rise Program for the past 13 years. A certified Son-Rise Program Teacher and Teacher Trainer, I am the Autism Treatment Center of America’s former CEO and current Director of Global Education. I have had the privilege of connecting with so many parents during my lectures internationally and throughout the U.S., all of whom deeply love and want to help their children. In this work with families and professionals, I also bring my own very personal experience.
As a young boy, I was diagnosed as severely autistic, with no language and a tested I.Q. under 30. Although advised to institutionalize me, my parents, Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman (see their bios), instead developed The Son-Rise Program and worked with me for over three years, enabling me to recover completely with no trace of my former condition. (Our story was recounted by my father in the best-selling book Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues and was later the subject of an award-winning NBC television movie Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love.) I went on to graduate from the Ivy League’s Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Ethics, something that was never supposed to be in the cards for me. In fact, it still astounds me that everything has come full circle – that I can now help other children to step across the bridge I once crossed myself.”