Alex Kimmel will be the featured speaker for The Bill and June Rogers Peace and Social Justice Speakers Forum during a two-day visit to the Hanover College campus.
Kimmel will present "Serenity: A Culture of Gentleness," Tuesday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ogle Center. The talk will examine his personal journey as a person on the autism spectrum.
In addition to the address, Kimmel will also participate in “Possibilities,” a forum to examine ways to become better allies of the neurodiverse and differently abled. The discussion will begin at 10:40 a.m., Wednesday, March 11, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.
Since 2006, Kimmel has traveled internationally, educating and inspiring students, educators, professionals, congregations and communities on such issues as Inclusion, disability acceptance, neurodiversity, culture of gentleness and self-determination.
A certified trainer for Michigan Developmental Disability Institute, Kimmel was the 2019 recipient of the Robert Thomas Support Professional Award from The Arc of Oakland County (Mich.). In 2017, he was presented with the Dan Moran, Rights and Advocacy Award from the Oakland (Mich.) Community Health Network.
Both events are open to the public, free of charge.
In response to Kimmel's visit, Hanover students are sponsoring a "Day of Accessibility," Thursday, March 12, to raise awareness of barriers and obstacles on campus toward the neurodiverse and differently abled.