Star Student-Athlete with Autism Becomes Self-Advocate

Conner Archer of Old Town, Maine is a star student-athlete at his high school and recently he taught his fellow students a lesson in shattering stereotypes. In a recent health class presentation, Conner gave a speech complete with accompanying slideshow about autism. Then at the end, he revealed to the class that he was diagnosed with autism at age 3. His fellow students were unaware of the struggles that Conner went through early in his life to get to where he is today, and many were moved to tears of joy. 

“I’m happy I did it,” Conner told Bangor Daily News. “I wanted to educate the community about the amount of work and people it takes to help a child with a disability, but that it can make a difference.”

Conner’s next advocacy project is a fundraising event called “Courageous Steps.”