UofL student has overcome the obstacles to reach graduation

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by Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Updated Friday, May 11 at 11:42 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- More than 800 University of Louisville students will walk in the doors of the KFC Yum Center, and walk out with their college degrees Saturday. Among the graduates will be Brian Meister.

“I'm also glad I was able to prove some of my doubters wrong and myself too,” Meister told WHAS11 News. As a child Meister was diagnosed with epilepsy and Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. He was developmentally delayed and college seemed out of the question.

“I never expected a dream of going to college,” said Meister.

Meister’s mother Jo McCubbins was there along with his little brother and sister to cheer him on as he practiced for graduation. For Meister and his family it's been a long road to this moment.

“The pivotal point for me where we kind of had this ‘Ah’ epiphany was when I decided not to make Brian fit into the world, rather have the community accept Brian for his strengths and his deficits,” said McCubbins.

With the help of his family, friends and the community, Meister will graduate with 3.8 GPA and a degree in Sports Administration. Meister says he hopes his story helps others dealing with autism to realize a college degree isn't out of reach.

“I think any person with autism, as long as they have an interest, can definitely do it,” said Meister

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