Air date: December 15, 2011
Art Dubin will surprise you. He suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, similar to high performing autism. It makes him a whiz at some really hard things, and not so great at some easy ones. Art: I can retain information on many, many subjects but when it came to school that was always difficult. Art Dubin has amazing recall on strange things like country music and the history of television. Art: I can retain that stuff where as the simple school subjects just don’t interest me. But Art wont let his burden turn him into a recluse. Quite the opposite. Art: Just because you have something that others don’t, it’s not a negative — it’s a positive. Art’s life is all about helping others. At West Bloomfield’s Temple Israel, Art does so much, he was named man of the year. Art: I help our men’s club and help with our high school and college students. I help when we house the homeless for a week every year. I help with social action projects with shelters for women and children. And if that weren’t enough, he also works as a cook in a local restaurant. His specialty is overstuffed chocolate chip cookies. Mitch: Now am I supposed to try one of these? Art: You can certainly try one. Mitch: Ok I was attest Art: They are world famous. Mitch: Oh, they are going to be locally famous because I am taking all these home with me. Dubin has a message for those who whisper or point at people with Asperger’s or Autism Art: Any kind of disability, you are still a human being. You still need to be treated with dignity and respect. You can make a difference in your community regardless of what disability you have. Breaking down stereotypes by doing for others, Art Dubin energizes The Heart of Detroit.