The SpectrumWise story (Barbara Simeroth is the founder): a parent’s love and a teacher’s expertise come together to solve a problem that shouldn’t exist.
As the parent of a child who didn’t fit in, my goal was no different than the parent of a neuro-typical: to raise a mature, happy, independently functioning adult who can make a real contribution to the workplace and the world. Today, thanks to the right support and a very courageous transformation, that child is a strong young man who is succeeding in the military, taking care of himself in the wake of his father’s sudden death, and is excitedly making plans for college. But not every parent is as fortunate as I am.
As an educator, I’ve seen and heard of too many perfectly capable, often brilliant, students with Asperger’s and similar Autism Spectrum Disorders dropping out of good colleges. They leave because they’re not adequately prepared to self-advocate, live independently, or navigate the complex college social environment. And because many schools just aren’t providing the support they need. I founded SpectrumWise because I believe that students with autism can succeed in college – if they’re properly prepared for life on campus and receive the right support from the school.