Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Teen with Autism Crowned Homecoming King

High school is often a difficult time for individuals on the autism spectrum.  While everyone struggles during their teenage years, those with social difficulties tend to struggle more than others with a strong desire to fit in and a lack of knowledge of how to do so.  However, there are inspiring stories out there of high school communities that have embraced individuals on the spectrum and given them experiences that they will be able to recall with fondness for the rest of their lives.

John Toriello, a high school senior with autism, was crowned homecoming king at his Pennsylvania high school, the Ridley Raiders.  A highly passionate Raiders fan for the past three years, Toriello has not allowed the social difficulties associated with his autism to stop him from contributing to his team during high school.

John's mom is quoted in the article stating that the football team has included him as though he is part of the team.

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  1. This is great! Also, a high school student in Clarkston on the spectrum was just named part of his homecoming court. It is nice to have the recognition for someone close to home too!