Letter: Online learning can benefit those with autism

Letter Autism Awareness Month Joseph Kotiranta

Originally published in the Pine Journal – April 12, 2019 

Living with autism, you sometimes feel misunderstood and neglected. This is how I felt while attending a school that wasn’t prepared to help me succeed. The resources, support and special education programs I needed just weren’t available.

I knew I had to find an alternative if I wanted to be happy again and ultimately graduate high school. I was fortunate to come across an online public school that offered me a personalized education and a safe environment.

Enrolling at Insight School of Minnesota was the best education option for me and it allowed me to reach my full potential. The curriculum was streamlined and easy to follow at my own pace. What I appreciated the most was that my teachers didn’t just say they cared, they showed it. My success mattered to them.

Today, I’m attending Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College, where I’ll receive my Associate’s Degree this May. Had it not been for the encouragement and support I received at ISMN, I wouldn’t have made it this far.

As we recognize those on the spectrum during Autism Awareness Month, I recommend families with kids on the spectrum to consider online learning. It was an amazing opportunity for me and it could work for your family, too.

Joseph Kotiranta


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