The Devil's Dish

2014 Cronkite High School Summer Journalism Institute

“Being different is the best part of someone’s life”

Roxy Cohn records children playing on the indoor playground at the Phoenix Children's Museum. Cohn has autism, but is very high-functioning. Photo by Thomas Oide.

Roxy Cohn records children playing on the indoor playground at the Phoenix Children’s Museum. Cohn has autism, but is very high-functioning. Photo by Thomas Oide.

Civitan Media videographer Roxy Cohn has embraced her autism and her differences

By Yulissa Quintero

While Roxy Cohn practices her daily tasks as a normal person, there’s something more to her.

Roxy is a young, passionate girl from San Francisco and moved to Phoenix nine years ago, she has been part of Civitan Learning Centers and Partner to Assist in Learning (PAL) Experiences for seven years now.

Roxy is one of the highest functioning students of the program, she got the opportunity to cover the filming of a day at the Phoenix Children’s Museum. The museum video was her first job experience in the field.

Looking out for those who don’t have a voice to defend themselves is one of her biggest passions in life, she sees herself as a humanitarian looking forward to accomplishing amazing things in her life. Roxy is also an excellent persuasive speaker – she is a all-around talented and inspiring human being.

“Being different is being who you are,” Roxy said.

Not wanting to hide her real personality, Roxy shared that not many people realize that she is autistic. If somebody asks her she will not deny it: “Being different makes people good.”

She is a high functioning person, she believes in herself and all her abilities and skills that she learned in this program.

Overall, the Civitan and PAL Experience has had a huge impact on her life. Roxy has learned to accept the fact that she is autistic.

“I don’t see disabilities as disabilities; I see them as advantages,” Roxy said. “Being different is the best part of someone’s life.”

 

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