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Amy Gravino - GRASP Global Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership. Greater New York City Area, NJ, US

Amy Gravino Amy Gravino

Director of Public and Community Relations | GRASP Global Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership

Greater New York City Area, NJ, UNITED STATES

President, A.S.C.O.T. Coaching, and Director of Public and Community Relations at GRASP



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Amy Gravino Keynote - AHA-NY Fall Autism Conference 2014 TEDxSHU 2014 - Amy Gravino United Nations Autism Awareness Day 2011 - Amy Gravino




Certified college coach for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, who is also diagnosed as having Asperger's herself. Founder of A.S.C.O.T Coaching, LLC, and board member for GRASP (the Global and Regional Asperger's Syndrome Partnership). Over 15 years of public speaking experience at conferences, school assemblies, and professional development workshops, and most recently spoke at TEDxSetonHall and a keynote at AHANY's Fall 2014 autism conference.

Obtained Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell College. Published essays, "The Last Piece of the Puzzle" in Reader's Digest "The Best Life Stories"; and "Try a Little Tenderness: A Firsthand Perspective on Asperger Syndrome and Dating" in W.L. Heward's "Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education," as well as articles and writing excerpts in numerous publications, such as the official blog of Autism Speaks (online), Autism Spectrum Quarterly, Autism Asperger Publishing Company newsletter, Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Annual Newsmagazine, and more. Featured interview subject in two documentaries, "Normal People Scare Me," and "ARTS"; interview subject in the forthcoming documentary, "Desire."

Industry Expertise (4)



Writing and Editing

Professional Training and Coaching

Areas of Expertise (8)

Public Speaking





Autism Spectrum Disorders

Applied Behavior Analysis

College Coaching

Accomplishments (4)

Named one of 10 Talented Individuals with Autism Who Inspired in 2014 (personal)


Chosen by Autism Speaks as one of 10 Talented Individuals with Autism Who Inspired in 2014:

Invited to speak at TEDxSetonHall (professional)


Invited to speak/spoke at TEDxSetonHall's annual event in 2014.

Spoke at the United Nations (personal)


Spoke on a panel of autism experts at the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day in 2011.

Founded A.S.C.O.T. Coaching, LLC (professional)


Started my own Asperger's Syndrome college coaching, consulting, and public speaking business, A.S.C.O.T. Coaching, LLC.

Education (2)

Caldwell University: Master of Arts (M.A.), Applied Behavior Analysis 2010

King's College: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), English, Writing 2005

Affiliations (4)

  • New York State Association for Behavior Analysis (NYSABA)
  • Autism New Jersey (formerly COSAC).
  • New Jersey Association of Behavior Analysis (NJABA)
  • Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)

Testimonials (2)

Robin Portanova, President | Stamford Education 4 Autism

Amy Gravino is an inspiration to all! The lecture she gave our organization, Stamford Education 4 Autism, has stayed in the minds of many who attended. I especially remember her words of, 'You are a good person. Believe in yourself' as she explained how it was for her growing up with Asperger’s Syndrome. Amy speaks from her heart, speaks the truth of her life, and her lecture will no doubt touch your life in an unforgettable way. She has given me strength in understanding my son with PDD-NOS. The evening of her lecture, my goodnight to my son included Amy's words from her Letter to her younger self: 'It’s not your fault.' Amy, thank you! I have heard your message and may it be heard by all! It will truly stay with me forever!

Joanne McMahon, Autism Consultant | Bedford Central School District

What better way to celebrate Autism Awareness Month than to hear a firsthand account of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of an individual on the spectrum? I had recently read an article written by Amy Gravino in "Autism Spectrum Quarterly" and was impressed by her story. So, as we began to plan our offerings to celebrate April as Autism Awareness Month, everyone agreed I should contact Amy. We were not disappointed. Amy’s presentation afforded the students at Fox Lane Middle School an opportunity to walk a mile in her shoes. The students were truly attuned to her life story. Many were visibly moved by the various episodes of bullying and goading she experienced while in middle and high school. When she concluded her formal remarks, she was more than willing to answer questions, and there was so much interest and so many questions that we ran out of time, much to the dismay of the inquisitive students! Amy was a huge hit among staff as well, and the entire community felt enlightened and enriched by her visit. Surely the highlight of the day was when we were walking through the halls and a student called out to her, 'We love you Amy!'

Media Appearances (6)

AHA Rock 'N' Bowl Video

AHANY  online


Promo video for AHANY's annual "Rock 'N' Bowl" event.

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Amy Gravino Autism College Coach

Autism Live (Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD))  online


Interview with Shannon Penrod about college coaching, my experiences growing up on the autism spectrum, and society's view of autism in the wake of the Newtown, CT massacre.

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1 in 88 Can't Wait: We Will Succeed

Autism Speaks  online


Featured ad campaign for "1 in 88 Can't Wait," created to raise awareness of autism for the 2012 elections.

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1 in 88 Can't Wait: Autism Votes

Autism Speaks  online


Ad campaign for "1 in 88 Can't Wait," created to raise awareness of autism for the 2012 elections.

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Your Beautiful Child radio interview

Contact Talk Radio Network  radio


Interview with Shane Kulman and Nicole Turon-Diaz on "Your Beautiful Child" radio.

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Normal People Scare Me (short film)

NormalFilms  online


Short version of "Normal People Scare Me," in which I was an interview subject.

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Event Appearances (12)

Invited speaker

Professional Development Workshop  NYU Steinhardt School, ASD Nest Program,


Invited panelist and speaker

UJA-Federation of New York Hilibrand Autism Symposium, "Autism Grown Up: Building the Future Together"  UJA-Federation of New York Conference Center, New York, NY


Invited guest speaker

Peace and Diversity Conference Day  MS 447, The Math and Science Exploratory School, Brooklyn, NY


Co-presenter, "Sexuality & Sexuality Instruction for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Everyone Needs To Know"

Autism New Jersey 32nd Annual Autism Conference  Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ


Invited Keynote, "The Girl Behind the Curtain: A Journey Inside the Nooks and Crannies of Autism"

AHANY 24th Annual Fall Conference  Eastern Suffolk BOCES Instructional Support Center, Holbrook, NY


Co-presenter, "Sexuality and the Spectrum: Lessons on Sex, Dating, and Love, Autism Style"

Autism Society of America 45th Annual Conference  Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN


Guest Speaker

Davy Jones Beavertown Memorial Event  Rescue Hose Company 20, Beavertown, PA


Emcee and Auctioneer

GRASP (Global and Regional Autism Spectrum Partnership) 11th Annual Benefit  Hyatt Union Square, New York, NY


Invited Speaker

TEDxSetonHall Annual Event 2014  Seton Hall University, West Orange, NJ


Guest Speaker for "Gabrielle" Film Premiere

REELAbilities NY Film Festival  The Jewish Community Center of Manhattan, New York, NY


Co-presenter, "Sexuality & Sexuality Instruction for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Everyone Needs To Know"

Autism Society of Central Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University community event  River Road United Methodist Church, Richmond, VA


Invited Panelist

World Autism Awareness Day: Solving the Autism Public Health Puzzle  United Nations, New York, NY




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