Autism in College: One Young Man Helps Others TransitionThe Autism Site
College is a social challenge for everyone, but for Ron Wilson adjusting to college has an added obstacle.
Wilson was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of 15. He and his mother knew something was different about him, but they couldn’t figure out exactly what it was. He hated loud noises, had trouble socializing with others, and always had to ask people whether they were serious or joking.
Now as an adult in college, Wilson is expected to learn how to advocate for himself. While people on the autism spectrum can sometimes get their education more or less passively in high school and lower grades, it’s much tougher to succeed in college, and students must seek out what they need rather than waiting for someone to notice the issue and do something to help.
In the video below, he shares the struggles of transitioning into college and how he started a program called the Georgia Asperger’s Organization to help others who are in the same position.
Check out the video to learn more about Wilson’s difficulties as a young man with Asperger’s syndrome and what he’s doing to help other students overcome similar obstacles.