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CONNOR Pangallo was dux of his Year 12 class, is embarking on a double degree in law and international relations, and has his sights set on becoming a prosecutor.
Yet as a young boy growing up with Asperger Syndrome, he couldn’t stand school.
“I really hated school and dealing with teachers and other kids. It was very hard for me to do that without feeling awkward,” he says.
So a decade ago, his mum Angie launched the Gold Foundation, aimed at building the social skills of children on the autism spectrum, with a $15,000 grant from The Advertiser Foundation.
Connor was among the not-for-profit’s first group of eight boys, and it has since grown to help hundreds of children and families each year through 200 volunteers. Connor says it changed his life.
Read more at: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/connor-pangallo-who-has-asperger-syndrome-hated-school-growing-up-but-now-hes-heading-to-flinders-uni/news-story/d1dd054889f2076a620d8ca9fc6a729d