Jordan Darensbourg is a living example that you can be whatever you want to be despite having autism. WJTV 12 digital producer DeAngelo Marquise Vaxter caught up with him at work in West Virginia.
Jordan didn’t talk until he was three years old. He was diagnosed with PDD-NOS just two months shy of his third birthday.
When he turned nine doctors gave him a formal diagnosis of Asperger’s.
Early intervention, says Jordan, was the key. Despite dealing with autism he worked hard and ignored the bullies.
In middle school, kids called him names like ‘retarded’ – he refused to get frustrated and would laugh at his detractors in response.
Jordan went on to achieve bigger and better things. He graduated from Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology.
While attending the HBCU, he says he did not expect to become as popular as he was.
He served as Mr. Junior, making him responsible for the class’s community service.
He used this platform to bring awareness to autism. He received an award for it in 2016.
While at Jackson University he served as the president of the school’s Catholic Student Association for three years.
After Jackson State University he went on to Mississippi State University, which he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a Broadcast emphasis.
While being at Mississippi State, he served as the meteorologist for “Take 30 News”.
‘Take 30 News” is the school’s program that is run by students.
Now you can catch him on WDTV doing what he loves.
Click here to view his viral Facebook post.