Dr. Harold Reitman
Harold "Hackie" Reitman, M.D.
Harold "Hackie" Reitman, M.D. is a neurodiversity advocate, and the author of "Aspertools: The Practical Guide to Understanding and Embracing Asperger's Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Neurodiversity". An orthopaedic surgeon, a former professional heavyweight boxer, an independent filmmaker, a board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County, and the father of an "aspie" diagnosed later in life, Dr. Reitman has been speaking around the country to raise awareness for neurodiversity. His recent speaking engagements include giving a keynote address along with Tim Shriver for the AADMD at the Special Olympics in L.A., presenting at the USAAA World Conference, alongside other neurodiversity advocates including Temple Grandin, and giving the first talk on neurodiversity to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
His recently released film “The Square Root of 2” starring Darby Stanchfield of ABC's "Scandal" tells a fictional story inspired by true events about the struggles of a female college student with undiagnosed Asperger’s. The story of how the movie compliments and displays the ideas in Aspertools is explored, along with the comments of various experts on how the film depicts classic traits of someone on the spectrum, in his documentary “Asperger’s, Autism, and The Square Root of 2: A Neurodiversity Documentary.” He is also the founder of the neurodiversity community site www.DifferentBrains.com, which features a variety of videos, blogs, and podcasts, including the interview show “Exploring Different Brains,” hosted by Dr. Reitman.