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David Finch: Keynote Speaker on Autism, Neurodiversity, and Relationships

A Memorable Event Begins with the Keynote.

Meet Your Keynote Presenter.

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 the best-selling author of The Journal of Best Practices: a Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband, and as a 25-year veteran of the global electronics industry, I’ve headlined autism, neurodiversity, relationships, and tech events at major universities, global corporations and non-profits, and international conferences.

University events have included The University of Miami, Northwestern University, University of Missouri, University of Wisconsin, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Adelphi University, Eureka College, Ramapo College, Florida Atlantic University, The College of New Jersey, and others.

Conference keynotes and presentations include The Autism Society of America, The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Love and Autism, and many more.

My corporate events have ranged from intimate non-profit fundraising events and exclusive meet & greets to decidedly for-profit global events, including a collaboration with Rolling Stone magazine for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

In 2018 I was invited by Netflix and Sony Pictures Television to co-host an autism and neurodiversity panel discussion at a red carpet event celebrating the hit series ATYPICAL.

I have been blessed to 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!

Your audience is my top priority. I deliver customized keynotes that are time-scalable and deeply felt, driven by lived experience, humor, and sincerity.

Asking people to attend your event is a pretty big deal, especially when you consider the time, travel, expense, and effort required to be there. So, whether your event is a small reception for ten people or a global event with tens of thousands of attendees, your keynote speaker must be able to frame the entire thing in a memorable, energizing, and engaging way. That’s what I do!
Companies, universities, and conference organizers have hired me for the full range of keynote services, from quick 60-minute presentations to multiple days with breakout sessions; from panel moderation to emceeing.
And when it comes to autism and neurodiversity events, you really do need the voice of the autistic person framing and participating in the conversation. My experiences as an autistic husband, father, bestselling author, creative consultant, media host, and electronics industry professional converge in countless ways to give you the pitch-perfect keynote or presentation for your unique and diverse audience.

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“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

“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

“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

“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

“David Finch is hilarious.”

Michael Palascak, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Comedy Central