Teen Becomes First-Ever NASCAR Driver With Autism
People were unsure he’d even be able to ride a bike let alone get a driver’s license. Now Armani Williams is doing great things on the NASCAR stage!
Armani Williams is someone who’s passions have turned into a career today. Something I share when I give talks as a professional speaker on the autism spectrum is a quote from Temple Grandin where she says that ‘interests and talents can turn into careers.’ I believe that when we can find our kids passions at a very early age it can help them to be motivated as they get older to strive to achieve greatness.
When I think of Armani I believe this is something he has truly embraced.
Armani was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 and now currently races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. He used to be nonverbal just like myself. Based in Detroit, Armani in the hopes of advocating for others started the Armani Williams Race 4 Autism Foundation. As someone who also has a foundation to provide scholarships for students with autism to go to college I think this is fantastic of him to do! Based on his website it said he started go-kart racing when he was 8 and has kept up his passion for racing ever since. You can check out more of Armani’s story in the video below…
Way to go Armani! Keep doing what you’re doing!
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Kerry Magro, a professional speaker and best-selling author who is also on the autism spectrum started the nonprofit KFM Making a Difference in 2011 to help students with autism receive scholarship aid to pursue a post-secondary education.
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