The Glass Monolith




My name is Jon Keith Evans, Post-Baccalaureate-Technical and Professional Communications, a former Smooth Jazz Disk Jockey, an avid swimmer, and a health and wellness advocate-among other hobbies I have. Many persons would tell me in one way or another how different I am or was; but it wasn’t very clear, or even apparent to my just how different I was-until I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome on April 24, 2001-at the age of 47! During those early years, I was always told how I could read at the age of just three! Although I don’t remember reading that early, I could tell you that I liked to play news anchorman! Mark my word: The Chicago Daily News was an excellent pretend script! I was age seven at the time! My childhood was tumultuous. At the age of 4, I was hospitalized because while I could read, I was not talking yet-or did so very minimally, and developmental impairment was strongly suspected. When it was time to start school, I mistrusted my parents because I thought I was going back to the hospital, so I did not do well in Kindergarten, and was held back one year at the end of my Kindergarten year! Although I was more of an achiever in the rest of my Elementary School years, my relationships with my teachers and classmates were still quite poor. That included bullying! As a result, it took three schools before I graduated-one year late! High School continued the tumultuousness of my Elementary School years. Ironically, I became a class president in my Sophomore year and a class vice president in my Junior year. I also picked up French, tried my hand at Track and Field and became a Sports Editor. But the bullying continued My undergraduate years were a nightmare! Despite vowing to avoid the errors that led to my problems in Elementary and High School, I got my worst grades-EVER! I also was subjected to the harshest criticism-ever! It took me 8 ½ years to complete my Undergraduate. Even then, I had to settle for a degree in General Studies, which promptly made me unemployable-except for “ghetto jobs” I was in one such “ghetto job” when, after an incident at work, I decided to return to night school and work towards a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Technical and Professional Communications. This I earned in August 1996. It would take four years from the time I earned my Post-Baccalaureate and the time I got a job in my profession. It was during my work at Underwriters, that I learned that I had Asperger’s Syndrome! I became suspicious as early as 1990, when, during an ABC/WLS-TV News report, I learned about, and suspected that I had Hyperlexia. The possibility was deemed plausible, but never verified-until my Asperger’s was discovered in 2001. It was then, and only then, that I learned that Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Hyperlexia, Non Verbal Learning Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder were all in one continuum. In the movie 2001-A Space Odyssey, at least you could see the monolith that was depicted in the movie. My monolith wasn’t even recognized until the 1990s, and I thought that I was just as normal as everyone else-although my experiences in, particularly my Undergraduate, were bizarre and unusual. I couldn’t see what my problem was. It was as if I would walk into an invisible glass wall-OR MONOLITH!


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