Jacquelyn Keaney was so happy, she said she almost cried.
Her mentee, a George Mason University student with autism, was at an event in SUB I on the Fairfax Campus, on her own, and speaking with a group of fellow students.
“This was after months of pushing and talking about it and not having things move,” Keaney, a senior sociology major, said of the experience last year. “I was so proud of her that she had taken an interest in an event that wasn’t planned and wasn’t part of her routine. That showed progress.”
It is the kind of progress for which the Mason Autism Support Initiative (MASI) strives. April was also Autism Awareness Month.