Friday, February 4, 2011

student turns disability into advantage-- Another college success story | Denver | Colorado's Online News Leader | Local recruit turns disability into advantage

LONGMONT - He's 6 feet 5 inches tall and nearly 300 pounds, but that's not what makes Justin Hansen such an impressive recruit for the CSU Rams' football team.
He earned All-State honors at Longmont High School and will be a local favorite when he starts at Colorado State University next fall.
What makes Justin impressive is that he has Asperger's syndrome. It is an extremely rare autism spectrum disorder. Only three out of every 10,000 people have it.
Justin was first diagnosed a decade ago as a second-grader. He wasn't sure how Asperger's would affect his athletic career, but he had it all backwards. It turns out his athletic career affected his Asperger's.
Playing sports helps him work through his difficulties. He is a solid student with a 3.2 grade point average. He plans to study business and information systems at CSU.
Justin was a dominant force during his high school career. Now he hopes to do the same at CSU. He picked Fort Collins over Washington, Utah and Kansas State.
You can see more of his story by watching the video segment attached to this story.
(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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