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A collection of stories, experiences and uplifting tales regarding the world of disabilities and the individuals who have them.

Rhodes Scholar’s Mother Helped Him With Autism Breakthrough

Nava Silton

Mom, Kelly Flemings, gave up her dream of becoming a doctor to home school her child with autism and now her son, Jory, was named a Rhodes Scholar. Flemings took a non-traditional approach to teaching her son, who when she first started with him, was completely non-verbal. After trying to teach her son Latin and hitting a wall, Fleming let her son’s curiosity lead the learning. He not only became able to read, but applied early to the University of South Carolina and was accepted. In college, he received stellar grades and was heavily involved in community service, leading him to be awarded a series of scholarships. Jory applied to the grand-daddy scholarship, the Rhodes Scholar, and after two days of interviews, won. Jory and his mom will head off to Oxford, England shortly. Read the Wall Street Journal feature here

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