Different Not Less (feat. Ron Suskind) S5E34


My guest today is Ron Suskind. I sat with Ron, in-person, to discuss his journey as a father to an autistic son, who experienced significant regression at a very early age. This is his family’s incredibly moving story of heartache, hope, and meeting their son where he is.

Guest Bio:

Ron Suskind is a Pulitzer-winning journalist, bestselling author, and producer of award-winning documentaries and feature films, and the founder of BongoMedia.

Ron’s latest bestseller, Life, Animated(2014), chronicles his family’s twenty-year journey raising and connecting to their autistic son. The Suskinds are also the subject of an award-winning documentary feature of the same name (2016). Their story has driven activism and research about the compensatory strengths of those with autism and others who are “differently-abled” due to distinctive neurology or sociocultural backgrounds. Ron’s company,The Affinity Project, is leading efforts to build a next generation of augmentative technologies to lift and support these communities.

Ron often appears on network television and has been a contributor for The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. Ron was the Wall Street Journal’s senior national affairs reporter from 1993 until his departure in 2000, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. He currently lives in Cambridge, MA, with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy Suskind, and lectures about narrative and justice at Harvard Law School.

Connect with Ron Suskind:

https://ronsuskind.com

Host Bio:

Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys as well as Found and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, digital marketer, social media influencer, and respected public figure for well over a decade.

Connect with Rob Gorski: https://listen.theautismdad.com

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