Durfee High School top 10 student not limited by autism diagnosis

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FALL RIVER — One of the top students in B.M.C. Durfee High School’s class of 2021 said he’s living proof that a diagnosis of autism is not an insurmountable barrier to big accomplishments.

“There’s an unfortunate tendency that people associate being autistic with it being a bad thing. But my point is… being on the autism spectrum alone does not indicate that I struggle with functioning,” said Lev Elber, who last week graduated from Durfee ranked 10th in his class of about 500 students.

Fall River resident and recent Durfee grad Lev Elber and his parents, Shoshana Brown and Mark Elber.

Lev was diagnosed with autism shortly after he and his parents, Shoshana Brown and Mark Elber, moved to Fall River in 2013.

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For years, he struggled with behavioral problems like outbursts and reacting to things too strongly, and sometimes struggles to concentrate in class. His senior year was challenging because he took fully remote classes, which made it hard to focus at times.



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