Prevention is Superior to Treatment

Hannah Spitzer, who was diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorder when she was 14 years old, hasn’t let anything get in the way of her education. 

In her second year of study at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, she fell gravely ill to the point where it affected her ability to continue classes. She was diagnosed with a form of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a degenerative disorder that affects the body’s connective tissues. Despite this challenge, Hannah was determined to return to her studies — this time, choosing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from the UNC School of Education.

For Autism Awareness Month, Hannah shared a little bit of what it’s like, for her, as an adult with high-functioning autism studying at Carolina.

 

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