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Michael Goodroe

By Suzy Alstrin

Reinhardt University alumnus Michael Goodroe (RU – 2016) tells his inspiring story of the challenges of autism and his path to success on Monday, April 1 at 2 p.m. in the Hoke O’Kelley Auditorium.

As a child, Goodroe’s parents did not accept the limitations or the outlook of Michael never becoming independent. He now holds a master’s degree, a full-time job in Woodstock, GA, gives motivational talks, and wrote the book What Autism Gave Me, a Devastating Diagnosis to a Triumphant Life (Outskirts Press, 2018).

With World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, this guest speaker’s message conveys its importance. “I am excited for the Reinhardt community to hear Michael’s story. Michael overcame many obstacles in his pursuit to reach his goals. That lesson of perseverance is an important lesson for all of us,” explained Joshua Garner, Reinhardt’s Director of Spiritual Life, Leadership, and Service. “I hope everyone takes advantage of this opportunity to support Michael and learn from his incredible journey.”

Autism is a brain disorder that can affect a person’s behavioral, mental, and physical characteristics. Continued education and insights about autism help to achieve acceptance, inclusion, and support for individuals.

RU Leads organized this event. The RU Leads initiative complements classroom learning by providing Reinhardt students with a well-rounded education and opportunities to develop leadership competencies.