Just ahead of Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Dan welcomes Mickey Rowe – actor, husband, father, author, and activist. Legally blind and autistic, Mickey Rowe is the first autistic actor to play Christopher Boone, the lead role in the Tony Award-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Mickey’s mantra is powerful: our differences are our strengths. In his new memoir, FEARLESSLY DIFFERENT: An Autistic Actor’s Journey to Broadway’s Biggest Stage, Mickey recasts the definition of abled body and mind. As the father of an autistic child, Mickey has a deep commitment to activism and his desire to create a better world. Today’s discussion about the wider disability community, ableism, and systemic oppression is essential listening for everyone who wants to make the world a more accepting place.
Hailed as a trailblazer and inspiration, Mickey is the founding artistic director of the prestigious National Disability Theatre. He has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, Vogue, Playbill, NPR, CNN, Wall Street Journal, HuffPost, Forbes, and has keynoted at organizations including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Kennedy Center, Yale University, Columbia University, Disability Rights Washington, The Gershwin Theatre on Broadway, the DAC of the South Korean government, and more.
For more information about Mickey Rowe and his book, please visit www.mickeyrowe.com and follow the hashtag #FearlesslyDifferent.
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