'We’re capable of so much': Grad with autism is first to earn WKU special education degree
Clay Harville always knew he was different.
He knew he had a hard time telling what others were feeling and that he would sometimes fiddle his hands or grind his nails. He knew that he went to school with other kids who were different, too.
But it wasn't until he started high school — when he decided to broach the subject with his parents — that he could name the difference:
He was 14.
"I had trouble accepting it, to the point where I was really upset with myself," Harville said. "I started looking back on moments and thought, 'Is this why people lose their patience with me?'"
But his parents were there for him. He saw a counselor. He found his groove at the new school. And he realized, he said, that what at first he thought was a weakness, was instead his greatest strength — a lesson he now hopes to teach other kids with autism . . .