Dr. Michael McManmon is the Founder of the College Internship Program. The program has five campuses in Lee, Massachusetts; Bloomington, Indiana; Melbourne, Florida; Berkeley, California, Amherst, New York, and Long Beach, California. He presents and lectures nationally and internationally in his areas of expertise. These include: Asperger’s Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Differences, College Curriculum, Executive Functioning, Sensory Integration, Social Thinking and Social Mentoring.
Dr. McManmon has an M.S. in Counseling, a M.A. in Human Development, and an Ed.D. in Special Education. He is also a licensed psychologist. In 2001, his staff first diagnosed him with an autism spectrum disorder and later he was formally diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Michael is the father of six children (one adopted) and has twelve grandchildren and resides in Lee, Massachusetts. He started drawing trees as a small child and his fascination with art continues to this day. He works in pen and ink, watercolor, oil, and other mediums. He is opening a visual and performing art center, the Good Purpose Gallery, to develop the talents of students with Asperger’s Syndrome.
“I feel like I am the poster-boy for late diagnosis. It feels wonderful inside to know that all my ‘goofy sides’ of my personality are my best ones, and I can embrace them. I accept myself the way I am, knowing that I was made exactly the way I am, for good purpose under heaven. This is what I bring to the world now.”