Paul Applying to San Jose State University


I am delighted to write that my son Paul is finishing up his last year at Foothill College and applying to transfer to San Jose State University (SJSU) in 2014. In addition to studying Studio Art, Paul is interested in becoming a credentialed art teacher for children with disabilities. Samples of his art are below – with more in his online portfolio: Paul’s Element.

Raising a kid with disabilities is a challenge and I am proud of Paul and of our whole family for his successful progress. Paul has been blessed with some remarkable and excellent teachers – to whom I am forever grateful:

Paul also had more than his share of poor teachers but we survived them. I only ask that they and…

  • …the teachers who did not want disabled kids like Paul in their class:
  • …the administrators who told us that Paul would be lucky to get to college:
  • …the head of school who kicked Paul out because his disabilities were bringing down her scores:
  • …the career counsellors who took Paul and the other disabled kids on a tour of the sewer plant:

Please consider this…

Jane Goodall went in the back door to become an ethologist. That’s something I’ve thought about a lot, because people with autism usually have to go in the back door. We have a lot of trouble following the normal paths. We don’t do very well in interviews, which are a big problem for us, and a lot of autistic people also have extremely “uneven” academic skills. An autistic person can test at the bottom of the IQ range on one subscale and at the very top on another. For example, I had great difficulty with algebra because there’s no way to visualize it.  I couldn’t be doing what I’m doing if there weren’t any back doors.

Dr. Temple Grandin, 2009
In 2010, Dr. Temple Grandin was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the “Heroes” category.

Wish Paul luck in being accepted!  We will hear back from SJSU by March 2014.





Images Copyright Katy Dickinson and Paul D. Goodman 2011-2013


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6 responses to “Paul Applying to San Jose State University

  1. Larissa

    I want to commend Paul and you and your whole famiy. He is a fantastic young man and he is going to do really well in life, I feel sure. SJSU would be lucky to have Paul.

  2. Great example to share with the rest of the world. I wish my community could identify autism as a problem.we are not well informed about this disability and kids who suffer from autism are always mistreated and poorly judged for something that is really not their fault. Poor kids,i hope to collaborate someday so this disability gets identified and stop the prejudice on these innocent angels. We cannot all be the same, people are different and contribute in the society differently, that is what the world refuses to see.

  3. Maryann Hrichak

    Katy, This is AWESOME! Wishing Paul all the best. He does good work! Maryann

  4. Monica Solar

    Incredibly inspiring! Thanks for sharing Katy. All my best wishes to Paul and your family.

  5. Lou Senatore

    ‘Way to Go,’ Paul – this is a major achievement! Talent comes in many forms and Paul certainly does quite well with his art work. Courage and perseverance and people who believe in you will usually help to advance your way to success.

    I like what Katy said about the teachers who were not very helpful regarding learning disabilities – there are the teachers who don’t want to work with disadvantaged students – then there are the ones who don’t think your son or daughter should be in mainstream classes or will ever graduate from high school or amount to anything. Holly has run into these from first grade through her second year at CSM, yet she managed to graduate from SFSU and obtain her MA cum laude from Norwich University in Military History. Like Paul, she excels at what she does, she just learns differently.

    Congratulations to Paul and to a proud mom and step-dad. Best to all, Aunt Lou

  6. Pingback: Paul was Admitted to SJSU! | KatysBlog

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