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Autism Awareness Month

It’s a time to focus on abilities, not disabilities.

Jason Shawndale Steen

The second day of April is World Autism Awareness Day. However, that day has expanded throughout April. This year, we will highlight the accomplishments of those who have autism and share their stories that will debunk preconceptions and false narratives of their ability to be productive members of society. 

2021 Autism Awareness Month Nominee


Name: Lawrence Sapp

CECH Affiliation: Student of the TAP Program

Accomplishments: Lawrence Sapp is preparing to compete for the 2021 Paralympics in Tokyo in the swimming category. He has already won a silver medal at the 2019 World Games in London and a gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke at the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City. Lawrence was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two and has found swimming to be therapeutic and a natural talent. 

“I keep pushing through and do my best. If I don’t make it, it’s ok. I’ll do my best the next time.” 

Visit UC News to read Lawrence Sapp’s story and how he is preparing to compete for the gold!