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About Dan Coulter
After a long, successful career that included serving as a television weatherman, a national spokesperson for AT&T, and a media relations director at Bell Labs, Dan Coulter was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at age 59. Former colleagues expressed amazement, but Dan finally understood what he'd been compensating for most of his life. As a child, Dan was a voracious reader and gained a lot of knowledge early, but tended to be literal and naïve in social interactions. He had a talent for writing and speaking, but had difficulty making small talk. He could remember some things in extraordinary detail, but had difficulty remembering people's faces and names. He could often see innovative solutions to problems, but could be overwhelmed and speechless when confused by a social situation. His brain offered him funny things to say, but sometimes couldn't foresee when they'd be tactless. Learning to use his strengths to compensate for his challenges, Dan helped put himself through college as a radio disk jockey and television announcer. He graduated with honors from the University of Missouri, was named a University Scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After college, Dan's jobs routinely involved writing and speaking. He wrote his copy as a weather reporter at KQTV in St. Joseph, Missouri, and wrote promos as the station's promotions director. He wrote educational television scripts at a community college in Kansas, and later wrote scripts as a TV writer/producer/director for AT&T. As Dan moved up the corporate ladder at AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Bell Labs, he wrote news releases, employee communications, and executive speeches - and routinely interacted with reporters from the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other national media. His accolades include a Golden Reel of Excellence from the International Television Association for comedy writing. In Dan's final corporate job, he served as Vice President of Communications for telecom company Global Crossing. After his son, Drew, was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, Dan and his wife, Julie, produced a video to help teachers understand students with Asperger Syndrome. In 2003, Dan left corporate life to produce autism-related videos and articles full-time.
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