According to the TEDx Orange Coast Beautiful Minds program, “Eyal Aronoff is a co-founder of Fuel Freedom Foundation, which is dedicated to ending America’s oil addiction by opening markets to cheaper, cleaner, healthier replacement fuels such as ethanol, methanol, natural gas, and electricity.” His other passion is “autism therapies. Aronoff is one of the largest financial donors for clinical trials of treatments for kids with autism, particularly in the area of Sensory Enrichment Therapy. Eyal traces his interest in autism to the time his daughter Leya was diagnosed with autism .” Today, at age 17, her autism is “a distant memory. The miracle that helped Leya is available at Mendability.”
The TEDx program continues by stating “when Leya was two-and-a-half years old she was diagnosed with autism. Since then her life has been a continuous struggle to catch up to her peers. When Leya was eight, she was treated with a revolutionary new treatment called Sensory Erichment Therapy, which enabled her to overcome the barriers that kept her behind. But even after Leya overcame the symptoms of autism, she did not find her ‘voice’ until age 13, when she discovered poetry. Through poetry, Leya has opened a portal into the thoughts and struggles she experienced when she was autistic.”
The presentation reminded me that lack of communication, feedback, and confirmation is difficult to overcome, but there are people and companies prepared to help.
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Thanks to Eyal and Leya Aronoff for allowing me to share their presentation; TEDx Orange Coast for allowing Eyal and Leya Aronoff to speak about autism at the Beautiful Minds event; YouTube for hosting the video; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, contributed to the picture, text, and video I used in this post.