Shared by our Faculty:
I would like to share a conversation that I had with a Bellevue College student last night.
On his way to school on the bus that day, a baby started to cry loudly. When the baby couldn’t be comforted, another passenger became very upset, putting his hands over his ears and showing a great deal of anxiety. Our student went to the young man and tried to calm him. The young man, who was not a native English speaker, repeated a phrase that our student couldn’t understand. Eventually, the distraught rider pulled out a paper identifying the bearer as autistic. Our student explained calmly that he too was autistic and went on to share how he himself coped with upsetting events such as the loud noise of a crying baby. He made every effort to come to the other’s aid.
“Poor, guy. I hope he is ok,” concluded our student before launching into telling me about his dream to finish his program here so that he could become a graphic animator.
Two quarters ago, on the first day of classes when this same student could not find his classroom on his very first day of college, he was the one who needed help to deal with a difficult situation. Now, he is helping others to navigate life’s challenges. There is no doubt in my mind that the confidence that he has today is, in part, a result of the great support he is getting from the Autism Spectrum Navigator Program and his teachers at Bellevue College.
I don’t say it often enough, but in honor of this wonderful story, today I will remember to thank you to all at the ASNP and DRC for all you do for our community!
Tobi Rosenberg, Faculty
“The college I attend has a program specifically created for students with autism and Asperger’s, which helps them learn their strengths and weaknesses and how to advocate for themselves. I have learned what my needs are and how to ask for help, even though at times I wanted to give up. I have always been given the help I needed when I asked.” — (Trevor Pacelli)
CNN Health kicked off Worldwide Autism Awareness Month (Autism Acceptance Month in Washington State) with an article featuring Bellevue College student Trevor Pacelli:
Last Updated January 1, 2016