Hi, I'm Michael Leventhal - Neurodiversity advocate defining new approaches to overcoming the hurdles of public apathy
Michael Leventhal's Bio:
I am Michael Leventhal. I connect people and ideas to advance the efforts of neurodiversity. I am proposing the creation of an interactive, museum installation designed to stimulate visitors to think about neurodiversity. Please contact me if this project interests you.
Michael pioneered the use of computers to engage Special Needs students in activities promoting metacognition, communication and volition. In 2006, Michael proposed the use of Video Resumes for non-testable autistic students and was the first teacher to use video as evidence of performance for the New York State Alternate Assessment. Michael developed the NY City Beta website on autism and has produced documentaries on autism education for the New York State Department of Education.
After his retirement from Special Education, Michael became an autism advocate developing multiple websites for technology, the autism community and to help change public perceptions of neurodiversity. He has presented on his use of technology at autism conferrences in Orlando and Pensacola. His work is explained on his site Tech4Autism.com and documented on his YouTube channels
Michael is the creator of The Wonderful World of Pinky And The Professor, an edu-entertainment series following the travels of autism expert Dr. Stephen Shore that provides a global perspective on societal attitudes towards Special Needs citizens. He is also co-creator of The Flap Happy CIrcus, an animated series for preschooler that promotes neurodiversity and teaches cooperation.
Michael Leventhal's Experience:
Special Educator at New York City Department of EducationSeptember 1986 - September 2010
Twenty-six years classroom experience working with autism and other developmentally challenged students, age 5 - 21. o Familiar with: ABA, PECS, TEACCH, Miller Method, SI, OT, PT, counseling, IT Integration, APE, Video modeling, video-based instruction o Effectively engaged more than 200 students on the autism Spectrum in technology-assisted activities promoting metacognition, decision-making and language acquisition. o Obtained $400,000 in grants to update school building technology. o Piloted the use of video resumes in NYC as an effective tool to capture student progress for New York State alternate assessment. o PowerPoint and video presentation: "The Value of Video Resumes in Assessing the Performance of Non-Testable Students" at Special Education Principals Annual Meeting, 2004. o Designed the original Autistic Spectrum website for the New York City Department of Education. o Compiled the first comprehensive guide to NYC education programs and services for ASD students. o Audio/Video Production Produced 3 documentaries for the NY State Department of Education: o "Career Education for the Autistic Student" (26 min.) o "Computer Assisted Writing for Language-Impaired Students" (9 min.) o "The PS 177 Culinary Arts Program" (11 min.) o Created original video programming for student instruction, assessment and graduation yearbooks o Seventeen years service as video historian o Produced a twenty-year historical perspective for school renaming ceremony honoring Principal Robin Ward, founder and guiding light of PS177Q (The Robin Ward School For Exceptional Children)
Director of Advertising at Software 1040, IncJanuary 1983 - January 1985
A Prentice-Hall company. Early marketer of professional income tax preparation software.
Director of Marketing at AMSCO/SpontexJanuary 1977 - January 1983
Improved product mix. Reduced manufacturing costs. Introduced successful new consumer products. Unified consumer pricing programs. Management team transitioning to new ownership. Creative responsibility for advertising, packaging and trade shows.
Product design at Instant Fortunes, IncJanuary 1975 - January 1977
I designed Lucite executive gifts incorporating shredded U.S. currency, including: The Million Dollar Sign featured on the Tonight Show, The Money Pen, coin banks, perfume, soap and a line of greeting cards.
Administrator at Video Modeling For Autism.org/vmfa2010
Promoting the effective use of VM technology at home, in school or in a therapeutic setting by providing information, training and advice. The site also provides stakeholders with a platform for collaborative problem-solving, mutual support and the development of best practice criteria. Much of the information provided here is already available on the Internet and has been aggregated and referenced for your convenience.
Creator at SchoolVenture2006
Umbrella organization for international schools engaged in the SchoolVenture academic/vocational program. Based on a successful business model, designed to impart 21st century workplace skills and experiences.
Advisory Panel at SensoryStar Hotels and Resorts2010
Sensory Star(TM) is the first and only program of its kind to standardize the requirements for sensory friendly travel accommodations. It is a free service connecting travelers with hotels and resorts responsive to the needs of travelers with sensory integration issues or those who simply prefer sensory friendly accommodations.
Founder at Tech4Autism.comApril 2009 - Present
Think tank for projects encouraging the integration of technology with autism education
Co-founder at AutismBrainstorm.orgJanuary 2012 - Present
Information and presentations by individuals on the Spectrum and advocates. Free A/V meeting rooms enable special interest groups worldwide to share advice and information unavailable through local autism and educational services. Top 30 noteworthy autism websites - 2013
Co-Founder at Cloud-Burst.tvJanuary 2013 - Present
Promoting acceptance and equality for neurodiversity through the inspiration of media, arts and literature Featuring the Me? We! Collaborative Artists Project - based on artist Gee Vero's Art of Inclusion project advocating for autism - demystifying neurodiversity by challenging people to consider autism by completing her own artwork
Michael Leventhal's Education:
State University of New York College at Buffalo1963 – 1965
Hofstra UniversityB.AConcentration: Psychology
Adelphi UniversityM.AConcentration: Special Education
Michael Leventhal's Interests & Activities:
Collaboration for neurodiversity, Media,Technology, The Arts, autism, neurodiversity, science, philosophy,cinema,