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NYT: Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World
By AMY HARMON
Published: September 17, 2011


MONTCLAIR, N.J. For weeks, Justin Canha, a high school student with autism, a love of cartoons and a gift for drawing, had rehearsed for the job interview at a local animation studio.


As planned, he arrived that morning with a portfolio of his comic strips and charcoal sketches, some of which were sold through a Chelsea gallery. Kate Stanton-Paule, the teacher who had set up the meeting, accompanied him. But his first words upon entering the office were, like most things involving Justin, not in the script.

Hello, everybody, he announced, loud enough to be heard behind the company presidents door. This is going to be my new job, and you are going to be my new friends.

As the employees exchanged nervous glances that morning in January 2010, Ms. Stanton-Paule, the coordinator of a new kind of transition to adulthood program for special education students at Montclair High School, wondered if they were all in over their heads.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/18/us/autistic-and-seeki...
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