Harold "Hackie" Reitman, M.D. is a neurodiversity advocate, and the founder of DifferentBrains.com, the only place where developmental differences (like autism, dyslexia, or ADHD), intellectual challenges (such as down syndrome), mental health challenges (such as bipolar or anxiety) and neurological issues (such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, strokes, and Traumatic Brain Injuries) all converge under one positive roof.
He is also the author of the book Aspertools: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Embracing Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurodiversity, and the writer and producer of the full-length independent film, The Square Root of 2 starring Darby Stanchfield of ABC’s hit show "Scandal." An orthopaedic surgeon, a former professional heavyweight boxer, an independent filmmaker, a board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County, and the father of an "Aspie" diagnosed later in life, Dr. Reitman has been speaking around the country to raise awareness for the differences in our brains.
His recent speaking engagements include giving the keynote address with Tim Shriver for the AADMD at the Special Olympics in L.A., presenting at the USAAA World Conference, alongside other neurodiversity advocates including Temple Grandin, speaking at the 2016 AspenBrainLab hosted by the Aspen Institute, delivering a keynote presentation at the Neurodiversity Leadership Conference, hosted by AASCEND and San Francisco State University, and presenting for Florida Atlantic University’s CARD Autism Speaker Series.