Fighting On: Overcoming Autism Diagnosis | Bill Wong | TEDxGrandForks

07/04/2015 12:41:45

Using his rare perspective as an occupational therapist and an individual with autism, Bill Wong, OTD, OTRL presents problems individuals with autism are facing today. Offering community-based solutions, Bill showcases how individuals with autism are capable of success, even if the routes they take in life don't fit the expected.

Born in Hong Kong but raised in the United States, Bill Wong, OTD, OTRL didn't speak until he was nearly three. Although he demonstrated restricted and repetitive behavior, his pediatrician refused to diagnose him with autism because of his high IQ. It wasn't until after obtaining an undergraduate degree in statistics and finding limited job prospects that Bill was finally diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and discovered his passion in occupational therapy.

Since 2010, Bill has completed a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy and received his clinical doctorate. Now an established clinician with a specialty in autism, he is also a well-known presence on social media - an avenue he uses to share his successes and challenges as an individual with autism. Moving forward, Bill plans to use his passion to engage students in Chinese speaking countries with education in their native language, while continuing to establish himself as a leader in OT and autism communities.

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sri chigurupati

Awesome presentation Bill😀 I'm a special mom and some day I would like to see my son like you too.

28/02/2016
Technology For Autism Now

Great job Bill!

15/12/2015
Karen McNulty

Fight on Bill!

06/10/2015
Michelle Pak

Awesome talk Bill! Keep advocating for autism and OT!!

20/08/2015
Emily Wallace

Hi Bill I am s new OT with ASD and was wondering if we could talk or email sometime. I have some questions about how to succeed as an OT with ASD.

13/04/2015
Michael Zimmerman, MS, OTR/L

Fantastic talk Bill. I'm sharing this with my family, my colleagues and my entire community! A wonderful message.

08/04/2015
Cheri Dotterer, MS, OTR/L

Great job Bill! Keep advocating for yourself and OT! 

07/04/2015
劉小諾

It's a really amazing talk~ Thanks for speaking out for occupational therapy

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