From Special Ed to Valedictorian

???????????????????????????????Chance Mair, who has Asperger’s syndrome, started school in a special education classroom.  This week, he graduated as Valedictorian of suburban Seattle’s Marysville Arts and Technology High School.  His fellow students never knew about his challenges until he decided to share his journey with them in his valedictory address.

“It’s one of those things that for the longest time I didn’t want to tell people.  But now that I’m graduating, I don’t want to hold it back. I want people to know me for who I really am.”

Some in the audience audibly expressed surprise.  He compared his own struggles to the struggles everyone faces in their lives.

Everyone has something they need to overcome, and it’s just a matter of how to learn, persevere and move forward.  Wherever our individual paths take us, there will be challenges.  There will be people and circumstances that say, ‘No we can’t.’  It’s up to us to decide whether or not we listen to them.  We choose whether we sink or swim, stand up or lay down, fight or fall, succeed or fail.”

Read the full story on this remarkable young man HERE.