Thursday, May 01, 2008

Challenges and Triumph

This is an inspiring piece from the Poughkeepsie Journal by Jesse Saperstein, a man with Asperger's Syndrome who hiked 2,174 miles to raise money to treat pediatric AIDS. Saperstein reminds us that "integrity and perseverance are common and often overlooked traits of mild autism."
He continues:
"My advice for other individuals with high-functioning autism is both optimistic and realistic. People do judge a book by its cover, and first impressions will always be the most important. Therefore, it is sometimes necessary to "impose yourself" on the lives of those who come to knee-jerk conclusions about you. Tell them who you are and do not be modest about your accomplishments. The victories will inevitably follow."

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