Saturday, June 25, 2011

Jerry Newport

Autism Light Classic
Updated on December 23, 2015.

Autism Light #4 is Jerry Newport.

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Jerry Newport
Jerry Newport is 67 years old and has Asperger's Syndrome. He lives in the desert in Arizona. He was born on August 19, 1948. Jerry Newport is married to Mary Meinel-Newport. Jerry Newport is an Autism Light for his work as an author, speaker, and advocate for autism.

Education: Jerry Newport received his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan. He is considered a math savant because of his ability to perform complex mathematical calculations in his head (Wikipedia: Jerry Newport).

Author: Jerry Newport is the author of three books including, Mozart and the Whale, which is the story of how he met his wife Mary and also the subject of the 2005 movie, "Mozart and the Whale".  His other books are Your Life is Not a Label and Autism-Asperger's & Sexuality.

Quote: One of the humorous statements Jerry Newport has said is, "I know of nobody who is purely autistic, or purely neurotypical. Even God has some autistic moments, which is why the planets spin."

When interviewed by Rebecca Leung in 2009 Jerry Newport said,
Rather than being obsessed with trying to be in step with the world, I've come to accept the fact that in certain ways I never will be. And I just don't hate myself for it. I think that once I started learning how to love myself as I truly am, it made it easier for other people to love me the same way.
Jerry Newport is featured in a video about Autism and the Decision to Drive. Here is a promo to that video that is produced by Debbaudt Legacy Productions.

For more information on Jerry Newport, read these online articles.
Special thanks to Jerry Newport for being an Autism Light. His writing and speaking brings awareness on autism, especially Aspergers.

Autism Light honors diverse heroes to the world of autism. 

Photo: Photo in this post used with permission of the Webmaster that formerly maintained Jerry Newport's personal website.



    The Debbaudt Legacy Productions, LLC video, Autism and the Decision To Drive with Jerry Newport, is set for release in early March 2012. These are promotional clips from the 20-minute video featuring script developed by Dennis Debbaudt and Jerry Newport. The video describes and illustrates a wide variety of factors to consider when making the decision to drive. Recommended for persons with autism, families and educators and anyone interested in Autism and the Decision To Drive. © Debbaudt Legacy Productions, LLC 2012.

    1. Thanks for sharing. I added it to the page on Jerry. Where can one purchase the full version if they are interested?

  2. Autism & The Decision to Drive with Jerry Newport
    Produced by Debbaudt Legacy Productiions, LLC

    Debbaudt Legacy Productions, LLC newest video, Autism and the Decision To Drive with Jerry Newport. View promotional clips from the 23-minute video featuring script developed by Dennis Debbaudt and Jerry Newport.
    Videography & Editing by Emmy-Award winning Dave Legacy.
    © 2012 Debbaudt Legacy Productions, LLC.

    Link to view clips and purchase:

    Jerry Newport received his diagnosis of Asperger syndrome in 1995. He's since become devoted to helping people understand what life is like for adults with autism

    A renowned author and tireless autism advocate, Jerry wrote the groundbreaking book Your Life Is Not a Label in 2001. Shortly after, Jerry founded the autism support group AGUA in Los Angeles. Jerry and his wife Mary were featured in 60 Minutes reports in 1996 and 2004. Jerry, in tandem with Mary, authored the best selling autobiography Mozart and the Whale: An Aspergers Love Story.

    Jerry has driven professionally for over 45 years. Join Jerry as he offers advice on Autism and the Decision to Drive!

    Autism and the Decision to Drive describes and illustrates a wide variety of factors to consider when making the decision to drive, including sections on:

    Focus & Good Driving Habits
    Ability to Stay Alert
    Where Do You Live?
    Choosing the Right Instructor
    Independence Skills
    Following the Rules
    Having Autism Can Help!
    Can Autism Get in the Way?
    Patience is a Virtue!
    Eliminate Distractions
    Social Considerations on the Road
    Planning A Trip
    Driving as a Career
    Keep Auto Documents Current and Easy-To-Find
    Keep Your Car Clean
    In Case of Emergency
    Autism Info Cards
    Medical Considerations
    People Are Watching!
    Safe Interactions with Police
    Managing the Sensory Environment