While pursuing a doctoral degree in history at Ohio State B.Z. Chinn was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a form of Autism. Rather than see this as a disability, he embraced the identity as an autistic and became active in support of autism as a public speaker, an educational advisor and mentor for others with autism. For several years he was a leading member of the Aspirations support group, representing the group at conferences and co-chairing the organization's book club. As an advocate for autism he helped found the Ohio State chapter of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN). He also served as a volunteer at the Haugland Learning Center, working with autistic high school students on college preparations.
His experience as an autistic advocate led him to realize the existence of a major gap in the aid offered to autistic students, with most of the focus placed on severally disabled students. This approach to autism fails to adequately cover those who might plausibly integrate into mainstream society, whether in grade school or eventually in college, but require some aid in paving over obstacles. B.Z.'s innovative supplemental education system, developed over the course of several years of work in Columbus OH, reaches out to individual autistics, creating a unique program for each student based on his/her strengths to be integrating into the general education system of a special education or mainstream school.
ADDRESS: 1403 Garfield Ave. S. Pasadena CA, 91030
PHONE NUMBER: (240) 994-1846
The Ohio State University: Ph.D. (expected)
Bernard Revel Graduate School for Jewish Studies; M.A. History, May 2006
Yeshiva University: Yeshiva College: B.A. History, May 2004
PREVIOUSLY HELD POSITIONS
History 111 (The Ohio State University): General introductory course dealing with history from Antiquity to the Enlightenment.
History 112 (The Ohio State University): General introductory course dealing with history from the Enlightenment through the present.
Modern Jewish History (Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy): 12th grade history course dealing with Jewish history from the seventeenth century through the Holocaust, with a strong emphasis on the analysis of documents.
The David Project (Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy): High school course in Israel advocacy and Middle East history, emphasizing two-way rational dialogues over emotional polemics.
Aspirations http://www.aspirationsohio.org/ – A support group for people on the autism spectrum, run though The Ohio State University's Nisonger Center. I started with aspirations going through their eight week program. In turn I served as a mentor for others, represented the group at conferences as well as co-chairing their weekly book club. (2007 - 11)
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) http://www.autisticadvocacy.org/ - A political advocacy group for those on the autism spectrum, emphasizing the importance of autistics being active participants in the public discourse on autism. I helped found the Columbus chapter. (2009 - 11)
Step By Step Academy http://www.stepbystepacademy.org/ - A school for children on the autism spectrum in Columbus OH. I serve on their board to evaluate research projects. (2010 - 11)
Haugland Learning Center http://www.hauglandlearningcenter.com/ - A school for children on the autism spectrum in Columbus OH. I do volunteer work with the high school, helping students work on papers and college preparation. (2010 - 11)
Mount Leadership Society Scholars Program's Disabilities Awareness Panel April 22, 2009. (This program was featured in the campus newspaper http://www.thelantern.com/2.1345/students-with-disabilities-highlight-resiliency-optimism-1.71816 .)
Nisonger Autism Institute June 23, 2010
Ohio Association of Disabilities (OAAS) Conference October 14, 2010.
Mr. Jeff Siegel ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) : Coordinator for Aspiraitons group.
Dr. Tom Fish ( email@example.com ): Director of Family Employement Services at The Ohio State University's Nisonger Center.
Dr. Renee Deviln ( firstname.lastname@example.org ): Child psychologist for Haugland Consulting.