Dr. Harold “Hackie” Reitman is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, children’s activist, and neurodiversity advocate. He is also a retired orthopaedic surgeon and a former professional heavyweight boxer who currently serves as the CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based PCE Media, LLC, the multi-platform production company he founded in 2004. Dr. Reitman’s mission is to achieve excellence in creating family-friendly content that will effect positive social change.
Dr. Reitman wrote, produced and co-directed the full-length independent film, The Square Root of 2, the story of a college student with various challenges and a seizure disorder. After the making of this film, his daughter Rebecca graduated from a prestigious college with a discrete mathematics degree. Shortly after that, he learned that she also had Asperger’s syndrome. Wanting to help other children, families and members of society living with neurodiversity, autism and Asperger’s, he wrote the book Aspertools: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Embracing Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurodiversity. The journey from book to movie was detailed in his documentary “Asperger’s, Autism and The Square Root of 2: A Neurodiversity Documentary.”
Dr. Reitman has received the Emerald Society 2000 Humanitarian of the Year Award, the Healthy Mothers-Healthy Babies 2002 Honorary ‘Mr. Mom’ Award and the Florida Medical Association’s 2002 Harold S. Strasser, M.D. Good Samaritan Award. He is Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the International College of Surgeons. He is also the past Chairman and President and Board Member of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. Recent speaking engagements include giving the keynote address with Tim Shriver for the AADMD at the Special Olympics in L.A., presenting at the USAAA World Conference, alongside other neurodiversity advocates, including Temple Grandin, leading two break-out sessions at Lynn University’s 2016 Transitions Conference, and giving the first ever talk on neurodiversity to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Reitman is also the founder of the neurodiversity site www.DifferentBrains.com. He is also a contributor there, including hosting the interview show “Exploring Different Brains.”
He currently lives in Fort Lauderdale and is the proud father of Rebecca, the inspiration for Aspertools.