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Michael McManmon

Michael McManmon is an American public speaker, writer, artist (various media), psychologist and the founder of the College Internship Program (CIP) – a post-secondary program serving students with Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, High Functioning Autism, ADHD, and other learning differences. He is also the founder of a visual and performing art center, the Good Purpose Gallery, to develop the talents of students with Asperger’s Syndrome. Michael has an M.S. in Counseling, a M.A. in Human Development, and an Ed.D. in Special Education. He was first diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder by his staff in 2001 and was later formally diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Michael says of himself: “I feel like I am the poster-boy for late diagnosis. It feels wonderful inside to know that all the ‘goofy sides’ of my personality are my best ones, and I can embrace them. I accept myself the way I am, knowing that I was made exactly the way I am, for good purpose under heaven. This is what I bring to the world now.” Read more about this remarkable man and his projects and admire his creations on his website.