Newsmaker: Dan Torisky
Noteworthy: Pittsburgh City Council proclaimed July 21 as “Dan Torisky Day,” citing his efforts to help people with autism. He served as grand marshal of this year's Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.
Family: Wife, Donna Durno; father of four children with his late wife, Connie, including son Edward, who was diagnosed with autism in 1960.
Education: Torisky received a bachelor's degree from Duquesne University.
Background: A Korean War veteran who later worked as an advertising executive, Torisky co-founded the Autism Society of Pittsburgh in 1967. He has been the group's president and CEO since 1996. The society's work has spurred changes to educational regulations, law enforcement training and creation of the nation's first group home for autistic people, among other things. He introduced keynote speaker Gov. Tom Corbett at this year's Autism Society of America conference, held at the David L. Convention Center, Downtown.
Quote: “I don't consider myself an expert in autism. I'm just a trainee.”
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