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Pathways spreading autism awareness and acceptance

Posted at 6:17 PM, Apr 26, 2022

TULSA, Okla. — Pathway's goal is for students to reach their fullest emotional, cognitive, physical, social, and spiritual potential.

Josh Miller is one of their students.

“When he was born, the doctor said there was a 75 percent chance he’d never walk, talk, or eat by himself,” his mother, Jennifer Sollar-Miller said.

Josh Miller's zest for life has defied those odds. His mother calls it an answered prayer.

He loves leading, learning, serving, praying and “worshiping the king,” Josh said.

Josh is 24 years old and on the autism spectrum.

“I have agenesis of the corpus colosseum,” he said.

“Which means he’s missing the bridge that connects the two hemispheres of the brain, so each hemisphere works independent of the other,” his mother said.

His mother said Josh is very smart.

“He has so much information in his brain, it’s like a filing cabinet,” she said.

But she said Josh also has challenges the world often does not see.

“I see how smart he is, but yet he can’t tie his shoe,” she said.

Josh's mother credits Pathways for giving him the space to learn social and daily living skills.

“I want Josh to be included in society, have a meaningful life, and just like any other parent, I want him to be happy and Pathways provides that happiness for him,” Sollar-Miller said.

Pathways said it's creating avenues for growth and development while spreading Autism awareness and more importantly, acceptance.

“That means it’s more than awareness, we want to celebrate our students for who they are,” Monique Scraper, Pathways Executive Director said.

Pathways started in 2009 with seven students and now serves 76 with a full-time in-person program and part-time virtual program.

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