Kudos to Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars”

It’s not just that they have raised over $18 million for the autism spectrum disorder cause since Comedy Central inaugurated the “Night of Too Many Stars” in 2006.

It’s not just that it’s funny, entertaining, and does so much to raise awareness about different brains.

It’s not just that they help real programs survive and serve.

It’s not just that they highlighted the talented Jodi DiPiazza, who happens to be on the autism spectrum performing and singing with “Weird Al” Yankovic.

“While many great organizations focus primarily on autism research, Night of Too Many Stars and New York Collaborates for Autism raise funds to support autism schools, programs and services.

Yes, this is what the world needs more of! Recognition that we are all in this together, and that we need real solutions, real Aspertoolsto help all of the individuals whose brains are a bit different — and their families. Places and resources to which to turn.

Today. Now.

Yet recognizing the good efforts of researchers and the organizations that support them. All for one, one for all.

So, hats off to Comedy Central, Jon Stewart, and all those who give so generously of their time and efforts to support real programs, schools, services and real Aspertools for all of us. One size does not fit all.


This blog was originally published here. Reprinted with permission of the author.

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Dr. Harold “Hackie” Reitman is the founder of DifferentBrains.com. He is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, children’s activist, retired orthopaedic surgeon, and a former professional heavyweight boxer. He who currently serves as the CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based PCE Media, LLC, the multi-platform production company he founded in 2004. Dr. Reitman wrote, executive produced and co-directed the full-length independent film, "The Square Root of 2" (starring Darby Stanchfield of ABC's "Scandal"), and is the author of the book "Aspertools: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Embracing Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurodiversity" from HCI Publishing. He also hosts the DifferentBrains.com interview show “Exploring Different Brains.”

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