Autism didn’t stifle his ambition
By ALEXA GARCIA-DITTA | Special to the Observer | The News & Observer
For the first 12 years of his life, Chris Fitzmaurice couldn’t sound out the letters of the alphabet.
He spoke in high-pitched screeches, didn’t make eye contact with others and wouldn’t hug his parents. Diagnosed with mild-to-moderate autism at age 2, Fitzmaurice’s communication was so limited that his doctor thought he would have a difficult time learning new things.
He proved everyone wrong.
Last month, the 23-year-old started graduate school at UNC-Charlotte.
“I made it a personal commitment of mine,” the Asheville native said. “A lot of people have college degrees; I want to do something big for everyone else.”
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