Advancing Wellbeing Seminar Series: John Miller

September 12, 2016


MIT Media Lab, E14-633


John Miller will examine different aspects of dating and relationships from the perspective of a person who is on the autism spectrum, a perspective that tends to be more systematic than most people's. Some of the issues encountered apply broadly, while others may be unique to people with autism. The problems will be analyzed and solutions provided on how they can be overcome. Miller will offer strategies to foster more success in dating and to create a sound foundation for a potential relationship. A wide range of topics will be reviewed, including dating etiquette, interacting with a partner's friends and family, personality types, and sexuality, among other topics. The presenter will bring his own personal point of view.

Participants will learn why it is difficult for individuals with autism to attempt dating and relationships.

Participants will learn the steps towards successful dating and relationships.

Participants will learn strategies to interact in a variety of different settings.

Participants will learn how to be more aware of their partner's needs.


John Miller was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1968. During his childhood he worked hard to overcome many academic and social obstacles. He received a Master’s in Special Education from Florida Atlantic University to help young people succeed academically and in life. During this period, he was diagnosed with autism, which answered many questions. For over a decade he has taught a variety of students from various settings including many with different degrees of autism. Beyond teaching, he has consulted, creating pragmatic and organizational programs for individuals with autism. For over a half a decade he has presented on a variety topics that deal with pragmatics, inclusion, transition, and more. Presently, he sits on the Florida board of the Autism Society and Florida Atlantic University CARD Constituency Committee. In September of 2015, he became a member of an education and programming committee at Autism Society of America. His book Decoding Dating received the Dr. Temple Grandin Award for Outstanding Literary Work of the Year for 2015. Earlier this year Miller was named to the Autism Society of America's Panel of People on the Spectrum of Autism.

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