(July 11, 2014) -- Hector Ramirez, an adult with autism from California, has accumulated over 24 library cards in his life. Growing up, Hector spent many hours in his local libraries with a fascination in reading as many books as he could. This started when he was living with his grandmother in Mexico when he learned a new library was opening in town. After this experience, libraries became a safe haven for Hector who could use the library as a quiet place to avoid sensory overload.
Hector today has done a great deal of advocacy and volunteer work with organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Women Shelter of Long Beach, Organizing for Action and many more. In his advocacy work, Hector spreads awareness of turning one's disability into a "purpose-ability," where, despite challenges, those with disabilities can still do amazing things.
As a Two Spirit member of the Chiricahua Apaches, Hector also hopes to bring awareness of autism to his Native American community.