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Tyler Lagasse describes in vivid detail the gift of autism with humility, detail, and courage. He describes how he doesn’t use is autism as an excuse, but a strength to overcome and break down barriers usually associated with people living with autism. He is a pubished author, a motivational speaker, an ESPY award winner, a national Special Olympic medalist and an honor student attending UMass Lowell.


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Tyler Lagasse

Tyler Lagasse

Tyler Lagasse is an accomplished member of the Special Olympics community. He began reading and writing at the age of 2, but wouldn’t talk. By the age of 4, he was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (a form of autism). He has found success through sports, which has led to bigger things: An Associate’s Degree from Middlesex Community College, currently attending UMass Lowell with plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in environmental health.