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2022 CATALYSTS

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catalyst
noun
\ ˈka-tə-ləst \

an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action.
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary

The Rad Lab awards molecular grants to neurodiverse individuals each year who demonstrate leadership and inspire others through their actions.
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MEET THE 2022 CATALYSTS IN THE RAD LAB

Learn how they are spending their $250 molecular grants to inspire
a positive change for themselves or other neurodiverse individuals:

2022 Catalyst Elijah Conger

ELIJAH CONGER
Age 24, Grove City, PA

I will support Rock Life, a program at Slippery Rock University, which serves students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities by helping them prepare for employment and life after college.
2022 Catalyst Alex Lesse

ALEX LESSE
Age 29, Bryn Mawr, PA

I would host a get-together for friends. Everyone needs to meet people and have a good social life.
2022 Catalyst Timothy Cline

TIMOTHY CLIME
Age 41, North Wales, PA

My wife and I will use some of the money to host a get-together at JCHAI or my home, so that people can come together, get to know each other better, and where everyone can feel included and understood.
2022 Catalyst Daniel Plunket

DANIEL PLUNKET
Age 35, Horsham, PA

I would love to host a bowling event where I could invite people from my different social groups, so that everyone could meet each other and make new friends.
2022 Catalyst Michael Adams

MICHAEL ADAMS
Age 35, Jenkintown, PA

I would rent out the meeting room in my new condo building to host a gathering for some people from JCHAI. I would play my guitar and sing, I and would invite other people to join in--to play their own instruments and sing. I would have a few party trays with snacks, and we would be able to enjoy each other's talents and company.
2022 Catalyst Aiden Marple

AIDEN MARPLE
Age 18, Pittsburgh, PA

I will use it toward my college tuition. Once I receive my degree, I am hoping to use it to get a job in multimedia. Hopefully I will be successful and others like me will be influenced.
2022 Catalyst Martin Elizarraraz Jr.

MARTIN ELIZARRARAZ, JR.
Age 27, Long Beach, CA

It would help me pay for my school necessities that my financial aid doesn’t cover, such as books, notebooks, pens, and supplies for my teacher education I hope that other people with disabilities can see the success that I hope to have and be inspired and feel like they also want to accomplish the same for themselves.
2022 Catalyst Tyler Zimmick

TYLER ZIMMICK
Age 18, Wexford, PA

Tyler’s mom nominated him for the Catalyst award, and said that the support will go toward my sons post-secondary education. She emphasized the importance of a post-secondary education, as it creates opportunities for those with a ASD to develop and expand their social skills, practice independent living and self-advocacy.
2022 Catalyst Jewel Campos

JEWEL CAMPOS
Age 20, Santa Ana, CA

I am currently trying to save up money to be able to move out and live independently from my mother, as well as to get a car because I am in the process of learning and getting my license. The money would be used to go towards those savings.
2022 Catalyst Santiago Villalobos

SANTIAGO VILLALOBOS
Age 34, Downey, CA

I will use the money to start my own t-shirt business promoting Neurodiversity.
2022 Catalyst Emma Blanck

EMMA BLANCK
Age 18, Moorpark, CA

If I was awarded this money, I am using it to help pay for my college tuition I am studying psychology and plan to have a future career supporting other neurodiverse students.
2022 Catalyst Juan Rodriguez

JUAN RODRIGUEZ
Age 23, Arleta, CA

I will use the grant money to begin my own neurodiversity group for people to experience, interact with, and interpret the world in unique ways. This will help reduce stigma around learning and thinking differences.
2022 Catalyst Ethan Marr

ETHAN MARR
Age 24, Del Mar, CA

I would use it to purchase percussion instruments to teach other neurodiverse individuals rhythms to songs.
2022 Catalyst Abigail Teasdale

ABIGAIL TEASDALE
Age 25, Bakersfield, CA

It would help with my housing costs, or I would give back to other neurodiverse individuals.
2022 Catalyst Zoe Rain Evans

ZOE RAIN EVANS
Age 28, Long Beach, CA

I would put it towards my education. Be it books, art and class supplies, or any additional expenses that I may receive. I would use it to help better my education.
2022 Catalyst Avinash S. Ramaswamy

AVINASH RAMASWAMY
Age 19, Irvine, CA

I would spend the $250 award towards my tuition, and this inspires myself and other neurodivergent individuals to pursue their ambitions and attain higher education.
2022 Catalyst Stacy Shaw

STACY SHAW
Age 53, Rocklin, CA

The county I now live in doesn’t have a self-advocacy group. I want to start one. The money would be used for start-up costs- flyers, outreach and other needs of the group.
2022 Catalyst Isaac Nold

ISAAC NOLD
Age 24, Antelope, CA

If I won $250, I would use it towards an activity or activities that keep me active and out and about in the community.
2022 Catalyst Liam Liebling

LIAM LIEBLIN
Age 31, Bryn Mawr, PA

I will host an event celebrating neurodiversity and all that we have to contribute. I would make it a showcase, where my friends and I could show our artwork, writings, collections, and anything else that inspires us, and have guests come from the local community to meet us and see our work. I'd also love to host a speed dating event for people with disabilities.

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