Seinfeld Gets Book

by jalderson on August 28, 2012

I had a laugh giving Jerry Seinfeld a copy of my book Challenging the

Jerry Seinfeld and Jonathan Alderson

Jerry Seinfeld and Jonathan Alderson

Myths of Autism!

At the Toronto East General Hospital’s Premier fundraising gala of 2012 , MC’d by Will Arnett, Seinfeld kept us all laughing- what a spectacular evening!  Both were generous in giving their time and talent to raise funds for the hospital.

I was honoured to attend the gala and knew that Seinfeld had a connection to autism. In 2009, Seinfeld co-hosted a benefit concert for ‘Autism Speaks’ in New York, with mega-star musician Bruce Springsteen. He told reporters, he was motivated by friends who have a son diagnosed with autism. Knowing this, I took the opportunity at the Toronto gala to give Jerry a copy of Challenging the Myths of Autism which has been inspiring parents and professionals to reframe their understanding of people diagnosed with autism in to a more positive and hopeful view.

When it was my turn to have a photo taken with one of the world’s funniest men, I said

Jerry, your set at the gala in Toronto was hilarious! When you’re done reading the book, I hope you’ll pass it on to your friends and that it brings them hope and positive strategies for their son.”



{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Dona Matthews August 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Congratulations, Jonathan! Very cool! What great work you are doing, and I’m so happy to see it being recognized so widely! (and what a great photo–that’s one for your wall!)


Amber Smith August 29, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Very exciting Jonathan! I’m sure the book will be a great help.


Marlene September 7, 2012 at 12:24 am

Wow what an adventure reading this book has been. I have been challenged to review and rethink some of my beliefs and become a better Educational Assistant because of it.


Marc Rigaux September 29, 2012 at 4:15 am

Hey Jonathan, I just saw this! What an awesome photo! Congrats, and looks great!


Marc Rigaux September 30, 2012 at 5:34 am

Thanks Mark! I hope Seinfeld has time to read the copy of my book I gave him and passes it on to a family who could benefit from the positive approach.


Kevin Killackey June 26, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Wow! Very cool Jonathan! Spreading the good word to the famous and the hilarious!


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