The ICDL 2023 International DIR® Conference

DIR®: Promoting Development and Learning for Everyone

March 3 & 4, 2023

New York City

Co-Sponsored by the Rebecca School

Mickey Rowe


Fearlessly Different: Our Differences Are Our Strengths

In this engaging keynote, Rowe shares his deeply personal story of growing up autistic and pushing beyond the restrictions of a special education classroom to shine on the Broadway stage. As an autistic and legally blind person, it was always made clear to Mickey the many things he was apparently incapable of doing. But Mickey did them all anyway—and he succeeded because of, not in spite of, his differences.

Rowe shows all of us that whether disabled or not, the things that make you different, or that you might even perceive as your weaknesses, actually make you unique and valuable and might even be your biggest strengths. Ensuring that everyone we come in contact with feels, seen, heard, understood, and valued. And that sometimes just one small action can change a life.


New York City Seminar and Conference Center

71 West 23rd Street, New York, New York 10010