• What: Southwest Washington Special Education Conference and Resource Fair.
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27.
Where: Prairie High School, 11500 N.E. 117th Ave.
Information: Annie Lamberto, 360-885-5049; firstname.lastname@example.org or Southwest Washington Special Education Conference and Resource Fair.
What: Support group for mothers of children with special needs.
When: 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays.
Information: Roberta Bernhardt, 360-253-5209 or email@example.com.
A barefoot Andrew Price, 16, is hanging out in his Brush Prairie living room, waiting for a chance to play League of Legends on his gaming console. Wearing a “Prairie Wrestling” T-shirt that reads “Practice like a champion,” he recently finished his second wrestling season and trimmed 45 pounds from his frame. He flexes his biceps to illustrate the result of his hard work.
Andrew has been accepted into the Clark County Skills Center’s electro-digital technology program for next school year, where he’ll learn to troubleshoot computer problems. Next month, the Prairie High School sophomore will be recognized as a recipient of the Clark County Youth Achievement Award in the “personal achievement” category.
What’s notable about Andrew’s accomplishments is that as a third-grader, he was struggling both in school and at home, and was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. It’s an autism spectrum disorder on the high end of the spectrum. People diagnosed with the neurological condition often face challenges interacting socially, among other things.