R. Vicente Rubio, formerly Ron Rubio, is a first-generation Filipino-American, who was born and raised in San Francisco, CA.
For the last 37 years, Vicente had been former professional New York City dancer/choreographer and teacher, an athlete, and a martial arts instructor and mentor. Vicente is an expert on mind/body health, fitness and well-being. He has been in private practice for the last 27 years as a mentor to young people on the Autism Spectrum (AS) in New York, Oregon, California, and Hawai'i. He has developed adaptive P.E. classes for special needs students, and has conducted teacher and parent training in mentoring young people on the autism spectrum.
Most recently, Vicente has been the Day leader at La'a Kea Farms, Pa'ia, Maui, HI. A residential home and working farm for adults with special needs, Vicente's responsibilities has been directing and supervising all daytime programs, lecturing on life skills, teaching aikido ( a non-combative martial art), leading health classes in energy training and Qi-Gong classes; conducting drumming classes, and instructing an movement and dance class. He also supervises all personal assistants (PAs or mentors) and participants on the program. The participants are all adults with special needs, ages 19-67 years of age.
He received his degree in Dance from State University of New York, New Paltz in 2005. Vicente looks forward to returning college to develop his Master's degree.
Having written an introductory book on his mind/body training in 2007, 'Mind/Body Techniques for Asperger’s Syndrome – Way of the Pathfinder' (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London); his second book,'The Odyssey of Woolly Mammoth Boy: One Man's Journey through Autism, Racism, Grief, and Surviving the American Dream', an autobiography was self-published in 2014 (Together Editing Press, Redwood City).
He has worked closely with the San Diego Autism Research Institute Director Stephen Edelson, who sponsored Vicente's first of four missions to the Philippines, along with the Autism Society of the Philippines. Vicente's missions to the Philippines was focused on educating, advocating, and training parents and professionals in building strategies for a better quality of life for those with autism. Vicente was invited to speak at the National Conference on Autism in Manila, Philippines, in October 2013.
Vicente continues to mentor privately to clients 14-24 years old, covering life skills, social skills, and life transition skills for independent living to those on the autism, as well as, young people in need.