Married in 2003 and diagnosed five years later with Asperger syndrome, I have committed myself to relentless self-improvement — sometimes to a comical extent. As a best-selling author and nationally sought-after speaker, I’ve had the privilege of inspiring and empowering more than 120 audiences in educational, professional, and corporate settings since 2012. I’ve shared the stage with Dr. Temple Grandin, John Elder Robison, Dr. Barry Prizant, Dr. Stephen Shore, Alex Plank, and many others. And I’d love to take the stage at your next event!
KEYNOTES AND CONFERENCE SESSIONS
HAPPILY EVER ASPERGER
MY (CANDID) STORY OF RUTHLESS SELF-IMPROVEMENT
Based on my New York Times best-selling memoir, I chronicle my quest to live a happier life with Asperger’s. My most popular keynote, “Happily Ever Asperger” is perfect for anyone who needs a healthy dose of inspiration.
“OH, YOU NEEDED ME TO PAY ATTENTION?”
CLASSROOM PERSPECTIVE FROM A DECEPTIVELY REMARKABLE STUDENT
This presentation is specifically geared for educators, administrators, and parents who find themselves occasionally baffled by their students. For K-12 and collegiate educators. Approved for CEUs.
“OH, YOU NEEDED ME TO PAY TAXES?”
SUCCESSFUL TRANSITIONS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM CONDITIONS
Loaded with insights drawn from personal experience, “Oh, You Needed Me to Pay Taxes?” delivers transition strategies for people on the autism spectrum and their families — from staying on-task to living with autonomy and adaptability.
SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
A.C.T. LIKE A BOSS
A WORKSHOP FOR THE MODERN WORKFORCE
What’s the boss’s secret? She knows how to handle career-limiting thoughts. Drawing from nearly two decades of corporate experience and the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), I’ll show you and your team how to dissolve problematic thinking.
A.C.T. LIKE AN ADULT
SUCCESSFUL TRANSITIONS FOR SQUARE PEGS
Learn why some of the brightest, most intelligent kids fall flat on their face when they go off to college or begin a new job. Leveraging the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), you’ll learn how to navigate transition successfully.
“SO, ARE WE SUPPOSED TO HUG NOW?”
HOW TO A.C.T. LIKE A PARTNER
A seminar and workshop packed with relevant, actionable strategies for both partners to make the relationship thrive. Inspired by my best-selling marriage memoir and the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), this seminar is one of my most popular programs.
Without hesitation I recommend David as a speaker. He is great for college audiences, families, and certainly adolescents and adults. He brings hope, understanding and humor — he is just fantastic!
— Abbe Benowitz, Ramapo College
David captivated the audience with his life story. He described the day-to-day challenges of living with an autism spectrum disorder, weaving in humorous and heartwarming details. David is a top-notch storyteller who pulled us in, kept us laughing, and taught us strategies for successful relationships.
— Janet E. Farmer, Ph.D., ABPP, University of Missouri
What a pleasure and an honor to have David as the keynote speaker for the Eastern Illinois University Autism Conference. The audience of 400+ was awed by his personal story. His insight and humor is a true gift, and we are much richer for having had a peek into his world.
— Dwight Vaught, Eastern Illinois University
Every speaker is different. With almost twenty years of corporate experience and creative roots in comedy, satire, and on-stage performance, I approach my keynotes and events as I would a stand-up comedy show: they’re fun and insightful to make an impact. People respond well when they’re having a great time, so that’s what I offer.
Delightful, inspiring, witty, honest, direct. David is a breath of fresh air. His comedic approach, quick delivery and humorous sarcasm keeps the audience engaged as he shares his message of hope and achievement.
— Gail J. Richard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Eastern Illinois University
A great speaker. David held the audience captive with a deeply moving personal story, filled with humor and poignancy. Definitely one of our best talks yet! I would highly recommend David for any event that needs a healthy dose of inspiration.
— Daniel Marleau, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
David Finch is hilarious.
— Michael Palascak, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Comedy Central