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Finding his voice: Autistic young man loves reading to children

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Sam Trapnell hopes to be gainfully employed one day but, as of now, there are no offers.

At 21, Sam is autistic and, while there are things he will likely never be able to accomplish, such as drive a car, earn a college degree or live independently, there are many things he can do.

One is reading. Sam's love of reading and his skills at reading to others have landed him in volunteer "reading" positions at Catoosa County Library in Ringgold, Ga., and Barnes & Noble at Hamilton Place. At both places, Sam reads to children.

He has a keen interest in children's books, says his mom, Jayne Trapnell. And when Sam reads, everyone listens — not just the kids, but their parents as well.

Though he can be very shy when meeting someone for the first time, Sam is anything but when he starts reading aloud to a live audience. His typical inhibitions and discomforts of being in a social situation immediately disappear. Sam is in his element.

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