For speaking engagements, email
All presentations include education on autism and how David came to embrace his differences and overcome adversity, but they can be customized to any length or focus. David is also available for keynote speeches. Visit Speaking page to learn more about the wide range of talks available by David & Sandy…


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Legatus (Atlanta Chapter)
Atlanta Country Club; Atlanta, Georgia

David: keynote presentation

private event 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

St. Leo the Great Parish
Cleveland, Ohio

Lenten Speaker Series: People with Disabilities & Growing Deeper in their Faith

David: My challenges with Asperger’s & how it’s deepened my faith

Details to Follow 


Thursday, 10/18/18

West Geauga Local School District Parent Support Meeting
Chesterland, Ohio

David to address autism and acceptance of differences

Sandy & David discuss college readiness

private event

Friday, 10/5/18

West Geauga Local School District
Chesterland, Ohio

David to address secondary teachers (grades 6-12) at their fall Professional Day

private event

Monday, 6/4/18

St. Bernadette School
Westlake, Ohio

David: Commencement address

Friday, 4/27/18

Clark County School District Equity & Diversity Education
Professional Development Training
Texas Station
Las Vegas, Nevada

David: Autism Awareness in Relation to Bullying

Presentation followed by participation on a discussion panel

private event

Wednesday, 4/25/18

Lake Catholic High School Boys’ Kairos Retreat
Jesuit Retreat House of Cleveland
Parma, Ohio
private event

Saturday, 4/21/18

Julie Billiart School Gala: Celebrate the Children of JBS
Cleveland, Ohio
David: Master of Ceremonies
public event

Tuesday, 3/27/18

John Carroll University
University Hts, Ohio
Sandy and David are guest speakers in the “Psychology of Autism” class
“Expect a Miracle” is a course required reading
private event

Wednesday, 3/7/18

Lake Catholic High School Girls’ Kairos Retreat
Jesuit Retreat House of Cleveland
Parma, Ohio
private event

Sunday, 3/4/18

K4K: Kyle for Kids (A Benefit for the Kyle Jean-Baptiste Foundation, Inc.)
Music Box Supper Club Concert Hall
Cleveland, Ohio

David: live testimonial for what theatre has done for his life at 8:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

public event

K4K: Kyle for Kids


Saturday, 3/3/18

Clark County School District Equity & Diversity Education
Professional Development Training
Casablanca Hotel
Mesquite, Nevada

David: presentation on autism to educators, followed by an interactive workshop

12:30 p.m. & repeated in a second session at 2:00 p.m.

private event

Sunday, 2/11/18

St. Rita’s Church
Solon, Ohio
Davidyouth presentations to 8th & 9th graders
private events

Thursday, 2/8/18

Villa Angela St. Joseph High School: Drama Club
Cleveland, Ohio
David: theatre presentation
private event

Sunday, 2/4/18

St. Rita’s Church
Solon, Ohio
David and Sandyparent presentation
private event

Sunday, 1/7/18

Gesu Church
University Heights, Ohio
David: Confirmation retreat “Identifying Use of Spiritual Gifts
private event


Thursday, 12/7/17

Lake Catholic High School Boys Kairos Retreat
Jesuit Retreat House of Cleveland
Parma, Ohio
private event

Thursday-Saturday, 11/2 to 11/4/17

Nevada Department of Education and Clark County School District
Safe and Respectful Learning Environment Conference
The Rio Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
David: Saturday morning (11/4)
key speaker to educators and students
David: Participation on a late morning expert panel

Friday, 10/20/17

Sacred Heart of Jesus School
Wadsworth, Ohio
David and Sandy: in-service to faculty
private event

Monday, 10/9/17

St. Mary of the Assumption School
Mentor, Ohio
David presenting to students as a guest speaker in their “I Can the Way I AM” disability awareness program
private event

Sunday, 10/1/17

Our Lady of the Lake: Genesis Gathering
Euclid, Ohio
David and Sandy to present: “Our Spectrum on the Spectrum”
private event

Friday, 8/4/17

Total Education Solutions
Fairlawn, Ohio
David and Sandy
(8:45 a.m.) Keynote speakers to educators/therapists of this therapeutic school
(10:30 a.m.) Presentation to students/parents
private event 

Thursday and Friday, 6/15/17 – 6/16/17

Milestones 15th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference
I-X Center, One I-X Center Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44135
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
David and Sandy speaking on a panel with a pediatrician and speech language pathologist
“Attaining Mutual Satisfaction in Health Care: Strategies to Meet Needs of Patients with ASD”
Friday, 6/16 at 3:45 p.m.
Open to the Public

Tuesday, 5/9/17

Fairport Harding Middle/High School
Fairport Harbor, OH
David presenting  to the students:
“P.E.T.R.O. Power”
private event

Wednesday, 4/19/17

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Mentor Public Library
8215 Mentor Ave
Mentor, OH 44060
Event: Autism and Music Therapy
David and Sandy are the second speakers, presenting:
“The Role of Theater in David’s Life and Therapies”
open to the public
free of charge
To register, please visit: (events)

Thursday, 4/6/17

Incarnate Word Academy
Parma Heights, OH
David and Sandy presenting to faculty
private event

Saturday, 3/25/17

Park Synagogue
Cleveland Heights, OH
David and Sandy presenting to the congregation
private event

Thursday, 3/23/17

John Carroll University
University Hts, Ohio
Sandy and David are guest speakers in the “Psychology of Autism” class
“Expect a Miracle” is a course required reading
private event

Tuesday, 3/14/17

Holy Family Elementary School
Parma, Ohio
Sandy and David presenting to professional staff
private event

Monday, 2/27/17

Lake Catholic High School
Mentor, Ohio
David presenting to the Spiritual Life group:
“Living with Compassion”
private event

Thursday to Sunday, 2/16/17 – 2/19/17

Learning Disabilities Association of America
LDA 54th Annual International Conference
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Baltimore, Maryland
David and Sandy co-presenting:
“Academic Success from Preschool to College: Tried and True Tips”
public event
Registration opens mid-September, 2016

Wednesday, 2/8/17

Lakewood Catholic Academy
Lakewood, Ohio
Sandy presenting to grades K to 4
private event

Sunday, 1/22/17

St. Gabriel Church
Concord, Ohio
David speaking to Confirmation candidates
“Using Your Gifts”
private event

Sunday, 1/8/17

Gesu Church
University Heights, Ohio
David speaking to Confirmation candidates
private event

Thursday, 1/5/17

McKeon Education Group
Sandy and David presenting to educators/professionals
Columbus, Ohio
private event


Thursday, 11/17/16

Lake Erie College
Dickinson Auditorium in Austin Hall
391 W. Washington Street
Painesville, OH 44077
David and Sandy presenting from
6:00 p.m.– 6:45 p.m.
Expert panel to follow, addressing questions until
7:30 p.m.
Social time and book sale/signing to follow until
8:00 p.m.
open to the public, but registration is necessary:
To register, click on this link:

Wednesday to Friday, 11/16/16 – 11/18/16

Ocalicon 2016
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio (downtown)
David in a Main Stage break-out panel session with other young men on the spectrum
Wednesday afternoon, 11/16/16
“Advocating for Autism”
(details to follow)

Friday, 11/4/16

2016 Autism Summit Conference
sponsored by: The Autism Society of Greater Akron
Hilton Akron/Fairlawn
3180 W. Market Street
Akron, OH 44333
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
David presenting 2:45 p.m.  3:45 p.m.
“My Spectrum on the Spectrum”Sandy and David co-presenting
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
“Been There, Done That! Tried and True Tips for Academic Success”
open to the public registration necessary

Thursday, 10/27/16

Beaumont School
3301 North Park Blvd
Cleveland Hts, OH 44118
David: morning presentation to students
private event

David and Sandy presenting at
7:00 p.m.
as part of Saint Angela Merici Speaker Series
Beaumont Theater at Beaumont School
(park in the lot off of Fairmont Blvd)
FREE and open to the public; registration is necessary
Register at

Tuesday, 10/18/16

Lakewood Catholic Academy
Lakewood, Ohio
David presenting:
“P.E.T.R.O. Power”
private event

Monday, 10/17/16

St. Mary of the Assumption School
Mentor, Ohio
David presenting to students as a guest speaker in their
I Can the Way I AM” disability awareness program
morning session
private event

Thursday, 10/13/16

McKeon Education Group
Sandy and David presenting to educators/professionals
private event

Saturday, 10/8/16

Stark County Street Fair
Whipple-Dale Centre
2950 Whipple Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44708
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sandy and David presenting at 12noon
“Our Spectrum on the Spectrum”
open to the public

Saturday, 9/24/16

The 33rd Annual Western Reserve Writers Conference
South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sandy will speak in a break-out session at 10:15 a.m.
“Self-Publish Your Memoir”
You can register by clicking here!

Wednesday, 9/21/16

West Geauga Middle School
“P.E.T.R.O. Power”
private event

Thursday and Friday, 6/16/16 – 6/17/16

Milestones 14th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference
Landerhaven – 6111 Landerhaven Drive
Mayfield Hts., OH 44124
David and Sandy will speak three times on
Friday, 6/17:

David alone in a break-out session  from 
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.
“Finding My Voice(s): The Therapeutic “Role” of Theatre in My Life on the Spectrum”

David alone in a break-out session from
11:30 – 12:45
On a panel facilitated by Drs. Meeks and Masterson
“Surviving the Social Jungle: Tools for Navigating Young Adulthood on the Autism Spectrum”

Sandy and David in the Lunch Session presentation from 
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
“Academic Success via Collaboration and Transitioning: Mother/Son Lessons from Preschool to College”

Register with Milestones @
14th annual

Tuesday, 5/24/16

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute
Sponsored by: the Cleveland Clinic Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Sandy and David presenting:
“Our Spectrum on the Spectrum: From Uncertainty to Purpose”
Lunchtime presentation
12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
private event

Sunday, 5/22/16

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall
Pittsburgh, PA
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, 5/12/16

Rocky River Public Library; auditorium
1600 Hampton Rd.  Rocky River, OH  44116
Sponsored by: The Friends of Rocky River Public Library
Sandy and David presenting to community
“Our Spectrum on the Spectrum: From Uncertainty to Purpose”
7:00 p.m.
open to the public (no need to register in advance/free of charge)

Wednesday, 5/11/16

Saint John School
7911 Depot Rd.
Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
Presenting to grades 6 to 12
private event

Monday, 5/9/16

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School
Chardon, Ohio
Presenting to religion classes of entire school
“My Asperger Journey”
2 split morning presentations
private events

Saturday, 4/30/16

Autism/Disability Resource Fair
Ashtabula Towne Square Mall
3315 N Ridge Rd E.
Ashtabula, Ohio  44004
10:00 a.m.  to 5:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Ashtabula County Autism Group
Speakers, community resources, and entertainment!
Information for families and professionals
Kid-friendly activities
David and Sandy to speak @ 11:00 a.m.
They will also be present throughout the day.

Thursday, 4/28/16

Gesu Catholic School
University Hts., OH
Presenting to students in grades 5 to 8
“My Asperger Journey”
private event

Tuesday, 4/26/16

Ursuline College
Pepper Pike, Ohio
Presenting to “Education Major” students
10:00 a.m.
private event

Friday, 4/22/16

Saint Ignatius High School  (Cleveland, Ohio)
David presenting to over 1,000 students (freshmen, sophomores, and juniors)
8:00 a.m.
private event

Saturday, 4/16/16

2016 Cuyahoga County Transition Expo
Held at: Notre Dame College, Regina Hall
1857 South Green Rd., South Euclid, OH
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Sandy in a breakout session on higher education

Monday, 4/11/16

Cuyahoga County Public Library
Gates Mills Branch
1491 Chagrin River Rd.
Gates Mills, OH 44040
Sandy & David to speak
7:00 p.m.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but please call in advance to reserve a spot (440.423.4808)

Thursday, 3/31/16

Cleveland Clinic, Independence campus
Sandy and David
Inservice to Cleveland Clinic Healthcare System Child Life Staff
3:30 p.m.
private event

Tuesday, 3/29/16

John Carroll University (University Hts., Ohio)
David & Sandy
Presenting in “Senior Seminar” for students majoring in education
5:45 p.m.
private event

Monday, 3/14/16

2 sessions in Madison Schools:

Presenting to students
Madison Middle School
1:15 p.m.
private event

Madison Middle School
6079 Middle Ridge Rd.
Madison, Ohio   44057
David & Sandy
Presenting to parents/community
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
open to the public (No registration necessary)

Saturday, 3/12/16

St. Joseph Catholic Church
Strongsville, Ohio
Presenting to Confirmation candidates
“Made for Greatness”
3:00 p.m.
private event

Thursday, 3/10/16

St. Joan of Arc Catholic School
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
David speaking to 6th, 7th, & 8th graders
“My Journey, My Faith”
Breakfast Lenten series
private event

Thursday, 2/18/16

John Carroll University
Sandy and David are guest speakers in a “Psychology of Autism” class
Expect a Miracle is a required reading!
private event

Wednesday, 2/10/16

The Breadth of Life luncheon series
A private event hosted by Divine Word Catholic Church
Sandy & David to speak
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 2/9/16

Mayfield City Schools
David & Sandy
Presenting to parents of children, teens, and young adults who have special needs
Millridge Elementary School
Multipurpose Room
962 Millridge Rd.
Highland Hts., Ohio 44143
(parking and entrance are those nearest the playground)
7:00 p.m.
open to the public, but please register with Shari @

Sunday, 2/7/16

St. Francis de Sales
Akron, OH
David speaking to Confirmation candidates
“Made for Greatness”
private event

Thursday, 1/21/16

St. Ignatius College Prep (Chicago, IL)
David presenting to high school students
10:00 a.m.
private event

Wednesday, 1/20/16

Loyola University Chicago
David & Sandy
Presenting in a class for students aspiring to become Special Education Teachers
9:45-11:15 a.m.
private event

Wednesday, 1/20/16

Rush University Medical Center
Sponsored by AARTS Center
(Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, and Services)
Academic Facility, 5th floor, Room 539
600 S. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60612
David & Sandy
Presenting to parents, providers, and clinicians
4:00-5:00 p.m.
To register for this free event, please call (312)563-2272
open to the public 

2015 Archive

Assorted presentations to children at area schools and summer camps

Talks (David & Sandy)
private events

Thursday, 12/17/15

The Lake/Geauga County Autism Support Group
Sandy & David to speak

Wednesday – Friday, 11/18/15 – 11/20/15

Ocalicon 2015 (annual OCALI conference)
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
Sandy & David on an expert panel with other professionals
Session Title – Higher Education Supports and Success for Individuals with ASD

David will also be featured on another panel with two other young adults

Facilitated Discussion Topic – Living with Autism: Three Perspectives

Thus far, attendance list includes participants from nearly 40 states across the U.S., as well as international representation from the UK, Canada, and Australia!

Thursday, 11/12/15

Lake Erie College
Painesville, Ohio
David & Sandy will speak in a Child Psychology class where Expect A Miracle is a required class reading!
private event

Sunday, 10/25/15

St. Gabriel Catholic Church
Confirmation preparation gathering of 9th Graders
David to speak
Topic: Bear Witness to the Holy Spirit
private event

Thursday, 10/22/15

John Carroll University
1 John Carroll Blvd., University Heights, OH 44118
Donahue Auditorium (in the Dolan Science Center)
David will speak at 5:30 p.m.
Books will be sold on-site by the JCU Bookstore (a “book signing” will also follow the talk)
This event is open to the public with no need to register in advance 

Tuesday, 9/8/15

Autism Society of Greater Cleveland
Talks will occur at the City of Independence Civic Center
6363 Selig Drive, Independence, OH 44131
Sandy & David
6:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
This event is free of charge to the public, but all attendants must register in advance
Please register by clicking here, or by contacting Eileen Hawkins at 216.556.4937 or 216.524.0424

Thursday and Friday, 6/18/15 – 6/19/15

Milestones Annual Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference
Cleveland I-X Center
David and/or Sandy will speak at separate break-out sessions:

David alone:
“Milestones” to Accepting and Loving Myself 

David, Sandy, and Beth Anne Martin, Ph.D. (interactive panel):
To Tell or Not to Tell: Disclosing the Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder to Others

David with Notre Dame College presenters:
The College Experience for Students with HFA/Asperger’s
(Register with Milestones)

Thursday, 4/30/15

Bowling Green State University
BGSU chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Talk (David)
private event

Thursday, 4/23/15

Quail Hollow Country Club
11295 Quail Hollow Drive
Concord, Ohio 44077
Talk (Sandy & David) and book sale/signing
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Open to the public at no charge, but must register with MariaElena at 440.639.3801
(management requests no blue jeans)
In honor of April being Autism Awareness Month, books will be sold at a discounted rate.

Saturday, 4/18/15

2015 Cuyahoga County Transition Expo:
Preparing for Life After High School
Held at: Notre Dame College, Regina Hall (1857 South Green Rd., South Euclid, OH)
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
David & Sandy on opening discussion panel. David will also be participating in a break-out session – FREE of charge, but each attendant must register individually (register at

Friday, 4/10/15

Kent State University
Rock-A-Thon for Autism Awareness
David & Sandy
Book signing
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Friday, 3/27/15

“Understanding & Living with Asperger’s Syndrome”
Koinonia Homes (Independence, OH)
Sandy & David
12:00 p.m.
private event

Friday, 3/13/15

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
The Cleveland Clinic (9500 Euclid Ave.)
Miller Pavilion – 1st Floor
Book sale & signing
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 3/10/15

Notre Dame College (4545 College Rd., South Euclid, OH)
Regina Chapel – 3rd floor of the Regina Building
Talk (Sandy & David) and book sale/signing
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
*open to the public at no charge, but please contact the Academic Support Center at Notre Dame College to register – 216.373.5184

“Book Club Style” Series (Part 2)

Julie Billiart School (4982 Clubside Rd., Lyndhurst, OH)
Post-read Discussions/ Q & A

Choose EITHER of the two sessions:

1.) Monday, 3/9/15 (1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
2.) Thursday, 3/12/15 (7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)

Private event for Julie Billiart parents and their guests
*Books will be available for sale/signing

Thursday, 2/26/15

Notre Dame College/Freshman Men
“Conquering Challenges”
David presenting
9:30 p.m.
private event

Tuesday, 2/3/15

Julie Billiart School Library (4982 Clubside Rd., Lyndhurst, OH)
“Book Club Style” Series (Part 1)
Talk (Sandy and David) and book sale/signing
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
private event

Saturday, 1/31/15

The Northeast Area Theater Conference
Talk (David):  The “Role” of Theatre in My Asperger’s Journey
private event

Sunday, 1/25/15

St Gabriel Church/Builders of the Kingdom Teen Group
Talk (David)