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    Posted April 2, 2012 by
    West Copake, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Life with autism: Share your story

    My Life with Autism


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Twenty-four-year-old Titans06 is doing his masters in SUNY New Paltz University and is studying to be a music therapist. 'It's rewarding when you help a lot of people,' he says. Music has been his inspiration throughout his life. 'As a kid in elementary school, I couldn't stay focused because I had problems with reading and writing, but then when I found music, it kind of helps me stay focused,' he says. 'Because of that I was able to graduate from highschool, undergrad, college. So basically music helps me stay focused and overcome my disability.' He says he would like others to know that autism can affect anybody.
    - ssesha, CNN iReport producer

    My name is Zachary Nayer. At the age of 3, I was diagnosed with Autism. In elementary school, I had problems paying attention in class, as well as reading and writing. When I found music, it helped me stay focus on my schoolwork. I was raise by two loving parents that never gave up on me. Because of this, I'm currently in grad school. I have accomplished a lot in my life. For instance, I graduated high school in the top 5%, became an Eagle Scout at 17, graduated from SUNY Purchase with a degree in Percussion Performance, and still help out people in the community. Besides grad school, I'm currently in a band called White Noise Radio. As for music, I play drums/percussion, piano, guitar, bass, harmonica, ukulele, and I sing. I hope someday to work full time performing music. As for jobs, I currently work in the summer time as a lifeguard. I always love to help people that are less fortunate than I am. One place I like to volunteer is at Camp Sundown, and XP camp (xeroderma pigmentosum) for kids that can't go out into the sunlight. For me, being a music therapist is a way for me to use music to help people, just like how it helped me in life.
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