Sara Childers is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine (UF CVM). Having been diagnosed with autism at twenty-four months, Sara’s prognosis was originally grim. However, through the help of early intervention, a great medical and therapy team, and the best mom anyone could ask for, she overcame the odds. She graduated with a last forty-five credit GPA of 3.8 from the Florida State College at Jacksonville, where she won numerous academic awards and founded the Spectrum of Success Club for autistic students. Currently, Sara is in line to become the world’s first openly autistic veterinarian, where she intends to specialize in cetacean behavior and pathology. Sara also acts as a peer mentor for the UF CARD SOCIAL Gators Program, which aims to provide needed supports and resources that help autistic college students excel in academics, career, and life.
#B4-6 The Good Dogtor: the Need for Acceptance & Lessons Learned from an Autistic Individual When people on the autism spectrum finish high school or turn eighteen, many wonder: what now? Transitioning to college and/or the workplace presents many new challenges to autistics, employers, and postsecondary school faculty. However, when faculty and employers receive […]