Aeron’s Personal Story

Aeron-Sr-PicHello my name is Aeron Hockenberry. I am in the Transitions Program at GIade Run. I am a 20 year old adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder (mild) and I also have Epilepsy. I had a late diagnosis of ASD at the age of 12.

In my free time, I enjoy reading Manga and comics. I also love gaming and am in the process of writing a graphic novel with my dad called, “Steel Phoenix”. I currently live at home with my mother and father in Beaver County. In the fall of 2017, I plan to live in the dorms and study AST Networking and Telecommunications Technology at Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown, PA.
Being accepted as an adult with ASD has been a challenge, because people often still treat me like a child. I am learning to speak for myself and show people that my hopes and dreams matter.




10 Things I want you to know about me as an individual with ASD:

  1. I have a vast knowledge of the Star Wars franchise.
  2. I feel uncomfortable and awkward greeting others.
  3. I am a video game connoisseur.
  4. I am a little shy at first, but once you get to know me I have a great sense of humor and am smart.
  5. I adore animals, especially cats and horses.
  6. I do not like conflict of any kind.
  7. Unlike others with ASD, I am not a picky eater. Someday, I would like to try octopus.
  8. Even though I have a hard time making eye contact, that does not mean I am not listening or being disrespectful.
  9. I have a seizure disorder. At one point, I had over 1,500 seizures daily. Luckily now, I have been 1 year seizure free.
  10. I am an extremely compassionate person and show a great amount of empathy towards all manners of life.

Everybody has a different idea of “Normal”. Everybody aspires to achieve different goals. And though it may be more of a challenge for me to obtain my goals, I plan to be just as successful in life as anyone else.
I plan to obtain my dream career in the computer field and someday be married with children.

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  • Jane Stadnik

    Octopus …………… way! Great blog post Aeron!

  • ladyred1089

    Great blog, Aeron! Thank you for sharing your story!! I’d love to meet you in person and talk Star Wars and gaming! I can’t wait for your graphic novel to be done and I look forward to reading it! Congratulations on all your accomplishments! I know you’ll go far and achieve your dreams!!

  • env121

    Excellent story, Aeron. I hope all your wishes and dreams come true. Even though you feel uncomfortable greeting others now, I hope that changes with time. When you shy away from others, you are denying them the opportunity to meet and get to know what an amazing person you are. I’d love to meet you some day and hope that you feel comfortable around me. I know your Mom and just met your Dad. You have lots of great adventures ahead of you. Stay positive.

  • Stacey Mosely

    What a beautiful write up Aeron. I wish you all the success and happiness in the world. I hope to meet you one day!

  • Wendy Corbin Libert

    Aeron what a pleasure it was to read your story. I wish you much success and happiness. I know your family is very proud of you. Your mom was and always will be your biggest fan. Keep up the good work