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Speaker to share experiences growing up on Autism spectrum with Casper

Eric Zimmerman (photo provided by the Natrona County Library)

The Natrona County Library will be hosting a speaker, who will share his experiences in growing up on the Autistic spectrum.

Eric D. Zimmerman will speak about his life and discuss his latest book, “Love, Racing, & Autism,” on Thursday, March 12th at 6:30 pm at the Natrona County Library. 

“All are welcome to this free presentation sponsored by the Library and the Casper Autism Support group,” officials said in an announcement Tuesday.  “Please join us for an uplifting presentation about one man’s success overcoming his diagnosis to find meaningful employment, love, and a passion for stock car racing.”

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Zimmerman is the Founder and Technical Director of The Buddy Project, a non-profit organization that provides computers and other technology to people with developmental disabilities. 

Zimmerman grew up with Asperger’s Syndrome—a form of Autism which hinders social interaction— and says he understands how technology can overcome some of the barriers faced daily by the special needs community. 

“When he learned that many of the disabled people in his Frederick, Maryland, community had no access to common household technologies such as computers, tablets, mobile phones, or even email accounts, he decided to do something about it,” the announcement said.

Working out of his own home, Zimmerman founded The Buddy Project which refurbishes donated electronics, tailoring each item to the individual needs of the recipient.  He recently received a grant that enables him to travel the country sharing his positive message with parent groups and other interested parties.