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A great example of overcoming your obstacles and rising above the limits set by society. Recent high school graduate Montel Medley led his class into their newest frontier with a speech about transitions from middle to high school, your teacher’s roles in your lives, their future and something more personal, his autism. A graduate of Surrattsville High (Clinton, MD), Montel knew his battle was an uphill one from the day he was diagnosed with autism, age 3.

According to the Washington Post, Montel’s mother saw the signs of his autism when she realized he would hardly ever look her in the eyes when they interacted and his vocabulary was limited to one word: truck. After placing him in an infant and toddlers’ program, the school worked with the Medleys so that he would eventually begin to speak more. After the struggles of special education classes, he teachers and mother begin to notice his strong performance on test and was placed into mainstream classrooms.

Now, years later he stood before his classmates to let them know “having a disability doesn’t mean you have a disadvantage”, which he has proven so well. Congrats to Montel Medley and best of luck as your start your college days at Towson University.


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