What a shining little star!
No matter how fast societies develop, it looks like it will take quite some time until we learn to accept those that are in any way different than us. As soon as we realize that being different isn’t something bad, but on the contrary, something unique and special, this world would become a much better place for those that now feel like they don’t belong there.
Meet Adhara Pérez Sánchez, a 9-year-old girl from Mexico City who has a higher IQ than that of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
Adhara has always been quite different and not understood by those around her. Luckily, that didn’t include her parents who realized that their girl is somewhat special.
From very early age, Adhara was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, which is a developmental disorder included on the autism spectrum. As a result, she had a hard time fitting in and was often bullied by her friends. Her mom once witnessed how some of her classmates locked her inside a play house and started calling her “weirdo” and “oddball.” This broke her heart. She knew she needed to do something in order to protect her daughter. After all the teachers accused Adhara of not being interested in the lessons and with everything that was going on with the kids at school, the most logical thing to do was pull Adhara out of the school and home-school her.
Being given the opportunity to spend a lot of time around their daughter, Adhara’s parents realized she was overly intelligent for someone her age.
One thing led to another, and soon, experts realized the same thing. At the age of 5, this sweet girl finished elementary school, and at the age of 6, she already graduated from high school. Currently, she’s attending Universidad CNCI in Mexico where she pursues two degrees, one in industrial engineering in mathematics and one in systems engineering.
Her dream is to attend the University of Arizona and become part of NASA, thus visit the space.
Currently, she’s studying English in order to be able to study in the States.
Adhara was featured in Forbes México’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
Currently, this bright little girl who was considered odd and unfriendly in the past is working on developing a special bracelet that would read emotions and would help autistic kids who don’t speak to be able to communicate. It would also prevent seizures and other outbursts.
For Adhara to thrive and for her life to change drastically, it only took someone to see beyond her autism and accept her for who she is.