This Wasn't the Plan: Living and Learning Autism with Dr. Robert Naseef

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This Wasn't the Plan: Living and Learning Autism

A focus on the mental health of those who love and live disabilities

Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Tangier Event & Entertainment Center
532 W Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44303


Join Us for A Dinner & Talk with Dr. Robert Naseef!

Children with autism and other disabilities are simultaneously endearing, lovable, worrisome, and challenging. Psychologist, author, and parent Robert Naseef, Ph.D., will use his personal and professional experiences to explore the emotional and developmental challenges we all face with ourselves and our children.

Dr. Naseef will present information and tools for developing and maintaining an emotionally healthy family. Topics will include:

  • Understanding and coping with the challenges of everyday life
  • The special needs of mothers and fathers
  • Sibling issues
  • Working as a couple to raise your child
  • Reducing stress
  • And finding acceptance.

In addition, Dr. Naseef holds dear to his heart a place for fathers, focusing on the men on the journey who often find themselves challenged with not being able to “fix” the challenges of autism.


Robert Naseef, Ph.D. has a distinct voice as a psychologist and father of an adult son with autism. He has spoken around the country and trained professionals internationally in treating autism and other developmental disorders and supporting families. He has a special interest in the psychology of men and fatherhood.

Dr. Naseef’s 2013 book, Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together (Brookes Publishing) integrates advances in research and treatment with clinical experience to help families navigate the emotional landscape and the practical roadmap through the lifespan. 

In 2008, Robert Naseef was honored by Variety, the Children’s Charity for his outstanding contributions to the autism community. He is the social media chair of the Philadelphia Psychology Network. On World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, 2017, Dr. Naseef gave a TEDx talk entitled “How autism teaches us about being human” which you can see on YouTube. Dr. Naseef was recently appointed to the Panel of Professional Advisors of the Autism Society of America. Visit him on the web at


5:00 pm  VIP Cocktail Hour with Dr. Naseef
5:30 pm  Doors Open for General Admission with Cash Bar
6:00 pm  Welcome and Dinner Served
6:30 pm  Dr. Naseef Speaks
8:30 pm  Conclusion


Individual:  $25
Couples:  $40
  • Two admission tickets
  • Dr. Naseef's book (one per household, please)
VIP Circle of Care: $150
  • Two admission tickets
  • Invitation to VIP cocktail hour with Dr. Nasseef, doors open at 5:00 pm
  • Two drink tickets and Dr. Naseef’s book (one per household, please)

Enjoy a simultaneous date night and opportunity to learn, grow and nurture your relationship and family life.



This event made possible in part by a grant from the Hillier Foundation



Event Details

Event Start Date 11-07-2019 6:00 pm
Event End Date 11-07-2019 8:30 pm
Location Tangier Event & Entertainment Center