Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Challenge Worthy of Him

The Associated Press ran a story about a brilliant 13-year-old Noah Egler, who has Asperger's syndrome. Instead of being ashamed of something that made him different from his peers, they encouraged him to assert his curiosity and challenge himself in ways that your typical school system cannot.

Although he was half the age of medical students at the summer program at the Indiana University Northwest medical school, he was not at all out of place.

Noah summed up himself with these words: "I'm technically a nerd, and I hang out with other people who are technically nerds."

His interests are quite wide-ranging, and like many other Aspies, he becomes an expert in the subjects that engage his attention. They include chemistry, mechanics, electronics, cooking, karate, and (what could possibly turn into his career) computerized prostheses, in other words, robotic limbs for amputees.

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