On April 2, World Autism Awareness Day 2017, I gave a TEDx talk at Arcadia University on the theme of “The Big Idea.”My title was “How autism teaches us about being human.” Looking forward to this day, I had written, memorized, planned, and rehearsed. Nonetheless, as I began telling my story, I was momentarily flooded with emotion. The picture of me holding Tariq at 1 day old with him making eye contact, triggered something I hadn’t planned. It was this time of year in 1981 when my son, Tariq, stopped speaking and started pacing, spinning, and flapping. The words stuck in my throat… Regaining my balance, I went on to a somewhat different talk than pre-planned. Upon reflection, I wish I had the presence of mind to say right them and there that grief has no schedule. Like autism it’s part of our human nature. I hope you find my talk helpful and would love hearing your reactions.

Kind regards,

Robert Naseef

No matter the color of your skin, how you dress, how or if you pray, the language you speak, we are one human family. Now more than ever we need bridges not walls for our children and our families. Arabic subtitles are available by clicking on the YouTube CC settings.

Psychologist author and parent, Robert Naseef, speaks about making a difference and acceptance. This keynote, given at the 50th anniversary of the Timothy School in the Philadephia area, helps the viewer understand autism as part of the human condition which can transform us, bring out our best selves, and deepen our understanding of what it means to be family.

Autism WIthout Borders lecture by Dr. Robert Naseef at the 2014 World Autism Congress in Kuwait. Produced and edited by Hal A. Cohen – is proud to present Dr. Robert Naseef (parent to an adult child with autism and Psychologist) sharing insight into the challenges a father faces when raising a child with autism.

“Neurodiversity in the Workplace” is an initiative made possible through the support of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education (BSE)/PaTTAN in collaboration with The Arc of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), and the SAP Corporation. Its objective is to better prepare people on the autism spectrum for success in the workplace. The complete curriculum is available at