PBSC alumnus coauthors book, shares story of autism
Palm Beach State College alumnus William Andrew Rose, who recently coauthored with his mom a book detailing his experiences of being diagnosed at 2-years-old with autism spectrum disorder, is featured on the website of a national nonprofit dedicated to promoting solutions for those with autism and their families.
In the Autism Speaks article, written in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Rose encourages those with autism and other disabilities to be “consistent when applying for employment and never give up on your dreams until they come to fruition.”
Now 27, Rose overcame numerous challenges to graduate from Jupiter High School in 2014 and complete his Associate in Science degree in Graphic Design from PBSC in May 2019. Earlier this year, their book, “Amazing Grace, Amazing Gifts,” was published by WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan.
His story is gaining traction. The youngest of four children, he was featured Oct. 13 on WPTV News Channel 5’s “Inspiring South Florida” segment, which highlighted the mentors who have helped shape his life and the tremendous support his mother, Terri Cunningham Rose, has provided. He hopes to speak more to high school students with disabilities as a source of inspiration and encouragement.
William Rose is also a member of the Toastmasters Club at Palm Beach State College, which has helped him hone his public speaking skills, and a new board member of the Junior Board of Directors at Unicorn Children’s Foundation.
To learn about the events the PBSC Center for Student Accessibility is hosting for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/CSA.