Substitute Teacher on Autism Spectrum Spreads Valuable Lesson About Accepting Others

Substitute Teacher on Autism Spectrum Spreads Valuable Lesson About Accepting Others

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Matthew Kenslow received an Autism diagnosis early in life, but he never gave it the power to hold him back. He persevered through the challenges of student teaching and is now a substitute teacher who loves encouraging his students. He is also an influencer, juggler and author who shares his inspiring true story in his new book, Unstoppable: How One Person With Autism Is Never Giving Up on His Lifelong Dream To Become a Teacher and Worldwide Influencer.

Kenslow wants his students and readers alike to know that regardless of disability, they can do whatever they set their mind to. He even incorporates juggling into this lesson for his students. “When I juggle, I drop one on purpose and say, ‘OK, what do you do if you make a mistake? Do you give up? No, just bend down, pick it up and keep going,'” Kenslow said in a recent interview.

Unstoppable takes readers on a gripping story of how one man faced Autism head-on, persevering through discrimination in his own neighborhood, all the while not being given a full range of opportunities. He chronicles his highs and lows with candor, as he walks readers through what life is really like for people who are neurodivergent.

After years of feeling underused, misunderstood and invisible, Kenslow went on to tackle one of the most rigorous programs in California to obtain his teaching credentials. Kenslow is currently a substitute teacher in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, as he awaits landing a full-time teaching position. Unquestionably, he has made an impact on thousands of students, often being called the “best sub.”

“All I care about in life is making a difference — encouraging everybody that they have a purpose (despite a disability),” Kenslow added. “I want to do my part to help people put aside discrimination and competition, and learn to accept one another for who they are.”

About the Author

Matthew Kenslow has grown up with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a result, his life has been filled with adventure and struggle. Overcoming the effects of Autism, he became the author of two books and a social media influencer. His first book, Juggling the Issues, was published in 2020. He is also a speaker who shares his message of what it is like living with a disability, how people can be friends with others like him and how everyone has a purpose despite having a disability.

Kenslow has appeared on television, radio and podcasts around the world, being featured in Newsweek Magazine, Spectrum News, ABC7 Los Angeles and many more. Over a million people follow his story on social media, as he motivates the world to embrace the unique talents they have. He believes that anybody can do what they set their heart and mind to do, disability or not.

For more information, visit https://matthew-kenslow-shop.fourthwall.com/pages/bio-and-social-media, or follow him on Instagram (matthew_kenslow), Facebook (JugglingTheIssues), YouTube (@matthewkenslow722), X (@KenslowMatthew) and TikTok (@matthewkenslow).

Purchase links:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/book/1144519640

Unstoppable: How One Person With Autism Is Never Giving Up on His Lifelong Dream To Become a Teacher and Worldwide Influencer

Publisher: River Birch Press
Available at www.amazon.com and BN.com