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  • Dover Native receives Autism Delaware scholarship

  • Four University of Delaware students received the 2014 Autism Delaware Daniel and Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship. One of them was Dover native Lael Houston.
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    Four University of Delaware students received the 2014 Autism Delaware Daniel and Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship. One of them was Dover native Lael Houston.
    Established by Autism Delaware secretary John Fisher Gray and autism advocate Elizabeth Fisher Gray, the scholarship was created in memory of Daniel and Lois Gray, who had a grandchild with autism spectrum disorder.
    To be eligible for the scholarship, a graduate or undergraduate student must be matriculated full time at University of Delaware, major in special education; psychology; linguistics or speech pathology, plan on becoming a teacher or other professional in the ASD community and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
     
    Houston has a double major in neuroscience and public policy with a minor in legal studies. Her goal is to earn degrees in both medicine and law. In medicine, Houston intends to become a neurologist and research ASD-related diagnoses, determine ASD’s cause and possible treatment, and methodize prevention. On the law side, Houston plans to become an ASD advocate to ensure that rights are protected and voices are heard.
     
    A former member of Junior Partners in Policymaking, Houston is now the youngest member of Partners in Policymaking, working on the employment issues faced by people with ASD, including the creation of a fair, more competitive living wage. In addition to being named a national advanced placement scholar, the Dover native has received the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
     

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