Louis Scarantino

Overview And Experience

ABOUT Louis Scarantino

My name is Louis Scarantino. I was born in the 90’s and was diagnosed with autism at age 2.5. I had an abnormal childhood, not being able to speak until I was 5. When I started school, my mother, along with the counseling center I went to for support, have done so much to make me who I am today.

High school life was tough. I was bullied by special education teachers and principals who didn’t understand me. I got a job at Burger King in high school and won the Employee of the Month award three times.  I once attended an Elton John concert and unexpectedly ended up in the front row and got an autograph. It’s the only great memory I have from high school.

I went to a community college 40 minutes from home and drove there five days a week to improve my skills. I was hard on myself most of the time and always wanted to quit, but I got all A’s and B‘s and didn’t. 

Introduced by a college friend, I became a big fan of country pop singer Shania Twain. I dreamed of meeting Twain after college, so I attended her show in Las Vegas in 2013. During the show, she came out to the audience, hugged and shook hands with fans, sang “Any Man of Mine,” and I was hugged. Later in the show, she called some fans on stage. I stepped out of the eleventh row and told Twain I was from Pennsylvania. She brought me up  saying, “Come here in Pennsylvania.”

I want to do more great things on the autism spectrum. Autistic people can do anything if they follow their dreams.

That inspired all I do today as an autism advocate, writer, and motivational speaker.


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