Giving Those With Autism A Chance To Succeed 
The Kansas City Star, Mo. 
Mara Rose Williams 

June 12, 2006 

Jun. 12--MICHAEL BEAVER BENT FORWARD -- his book-laden backpack slung over
one shoulder -- and lumbered through the student center at Metropolitan
Community College-Longview. 

He appeared no different than most other students milling around the Lee's
Summit campus on that May day. But Beaver, 22, has grown up with pervasive
developmental disorder, a neurological affliction that affects a child's
ability to communicate, play and relate to others. 

People with such autism spectrum disorders have a difficult time succeeding
in college. But Beaver has gotten help from his parents and from ABLE, an
unusual program at Longview and Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley
that helps students with neurological and learning disabilities and brain
injuries navigate their way through college. 

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