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Scholars’ Society Interview

Scholar Interview: Benjamin Stangl

What does being autistic mean to you? Most of the time I don’t think about it. I’m Ben the entertainer. I’m Ben the Iowa Hawkeye student. I’m Ben the Carroll Tiger Alumni. Son, brother and friend.  I don’t think I’m Ben the autistic person. That’s not how I identify myself. But it can cause challenges…

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How to Navigate the Holiday Season with Anna Robinson

The holiday season can be a fun, but sometimes stressful, time for autistic people. On one hand, the season may include quality time spent with family and friends. However, it can also be a deviation from one’s routine which may include heightened sensory sensitivities and stimuli that can make the experience uncomfortable. In this interview,…

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College and Mental Health: An Interview with Nyla Cooper

OAR interviewed Nyla Cooper, a 2022 Synchrony Family Scholarship winner, and member of OAR’s Scholars’ Society, about the impact of mental health on her college experience. Nyla is a junior in the ARTs Foundation, majoring in Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, who is passionate about the arts. Art has aided her through her struggles…

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