Author: Tyler Raymond
MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – According to Autism speaks, on average 50,000 Americans diagnosed with autism enter adulthood each year, yet only one third of adults never attend higher education.
Battling against the odds, Morristown native, 22-year-old Jenny Rose, recently graduated from the college of Saint Elizabeth (CSE). Despite the challenges of autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disorder that affects social skills, behavior and communication, Rose finished CSE with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
Rose stated that her mother was apprehensive at first about her attending college.
“My mom worried that attending college would be too difficult for me,” says Rose. “However, I knew that if I tried my best, I would reach my goal. I’m thankful to the CSE community for supporting me throughout my journey. The staff and other students were great with understanding my limitations and encouraging me to keep moving forward. I’m now one step closer to my goal of writing professionally and working at a library.”
Rose’s appetite for success became apparent immediately; as she quickly made friends and even held a workshop on campus so fellow students could understand autism. Rose credits CSE’s small classes, and close knit community for allowing her to safely live independently in the campus dorms for her success.
Earlier this year, Rose published her first book: It’s Not a Perfect World but I’ll Take It: 50 Life Lessons for Teens like Me Who Are Kind of (You Know) Autistic. The book was well-received by critics as a “must-read for not only those teens struggling to find their way in the spectrum, but also their neuro-typical counterparts”(Mary Coyle, The Real Child Center).
Morristown native, diagnosed with Autism defies odds Graduates college with a Bachelor of Arts in EnglishRose is also in the works of writing a children’s film series.
To learn more about Rose’s book, CLICK HERE.