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By Ashley Boyd Staff writer

Published: Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 10:25 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 10:25 a.m.
 
For young adults living with autism, life is anything but simple.
 
The challenges that children with autism, a neurological disorder that is often characterized by impaired social interaction and communication face only become exacerbated with age. While most people with autism have problems developing social skills and interacting with others, adults with the disorder also face the challenges of acquiring health insurance, finding employment and navigating adult relationships. And despite an increasing public awareness of autism in children, adults with autism often have fewer resources and opportunities.

At a first glance, 19-year-old Taylor Kerekes looked no different from his classmates at Paul W. Bryant High School. Kerekes, a theater enthusiast who has performed in school and community plays, struggles with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder characterized by abnormalities of social interaction and communication often manifested in restricted and repetitive interests and behavior. The disorder proved to be something of a boon in school, because while it affected Kerekes’ level of social awareness, it also provided him with a phenomenal memory and ability to memorize scripts of plays with relative ease.

Read in Full:  http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20100523/NEWS/100529859/0/APN



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