Antrim continues,”Founding an organization aimed at developing character and leadership among its members is certainly admirable, but what makes this story even more remarkable is that these bright young men have Asperger’s Syndrome, a part of the autism spectrum. People with Asperger’s Syndrome, while often extremely bright, may struggle with social communication, interaction with others, and processing information.”
According to O. Robin Sweet, Founder of Spectrum, “The college path hasn’t always been an easy one for students with Asperger’s, but there is a support network available in Scottsdale, Arizona. Each of these inspirational undergraduates is part of the Spectrum College Transition Program.” This program offers them, and other post secondary students, the opportunity to earn a college degree; work in their chosen field; and live productive, independent, successful lives. The transition program’s unique association with local post secondary programs, including Scottsdale Community College, Phoenix College, and ASU West, provides students with access to university facilities, campus organizations, clubs, social events, tutoring, Disability Services, and a Student Work Program.”
The students’ Character Education mentor, Dan Antrim, an officer in the Scottsdale Police Department’s Canine Unit, has seen the young men grow in ways big and small, as a true brotherhood has emerged through their participation in the transition program. Office Antrim has been inspired by their commitment to create a legacy and a source of pride for up and coming undergraduates facing similar challenges and opportunities. In addition to launching Sigma Tau Epsilon, the students have been committed to helping others throughout the community. Their efforts include helping St. Mary’s Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, and Feed My Starving Children.
For additional information about the Spectrum College Transition Program, visit www.spectrumcollegetransition.org or call 480-443-7331.