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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYYpsilanti, Mich. - September 5, 20131. Close of Eastern Michigan University student Tony Saylor doodling in a classroom on campus2. Medium of Saylor doodling3. Medium of Saylor joking around with Callie Boik of EMU's Autism Collaborative Center4. Close of Saylor laughing5. Close of Saylor doodling6. SOUNDBITE: Tony Saylor, Eastern Michigan University Student (transcript below)7. Close of an Eastern Michigan banner8. Wide of students walking, biking on campus9. Medium of students walking on campus10. SOUNDBITE: Sally Burton-Hoyle, Director, EMU's College Supports Program: (transcript below)11. Medium of Boik sitting next to Saylor as he doodles12. Close of Saylor doodling13. SOUNDBITE: Callie Boik, Autism Collaborative Center: "I took his notes for him as well as made sure that he handed in his homework."14. Wide of Boik and Saylor as seen through the classroom's door15. Medium of Boik doodling with Saylor looking on16. Close of Boik doodling17. Medium of Boik and Saylor talking and laughing18. Medium of Saylor's published books19. Close of one of Saylor's published books20. Close of Saylor doodling21. Medium of Saylor doodlingSCRIPT:MOST STUDENTS CAN'T GET AWAY WITH DOODLING IN CLASSTONY SAYLOR ISN'T MOST STUDENTS(NATS: Saylor joking around with Callie Boik of EMU's Autism Collaborative Center)THE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AND THEATER MAJOR IS AUTISTIC. SKETCHING HELPS HIM STAY FOCUSEDSOUNDBITE: Tony Saylor, Eastern Michigan University Student:"When I didn't doodle in class, basically, I was really, really unfocused and hardly got anything my teachers said. In some classes at my old school, I actually fell sleep because I got so bored and unfocused."EASTERN MICHIGAN WELCOMES AND ENCOURAGES SAYLOR'S MID-LECTURE ARTISTIC ENDEAVORS. THE SCHOOL IS A NATIONAL LEADER IN PROVIDING SUPPORT TO STUDENTS WITH AUTISM AND OTHER LEARNING DISABILITIESSOUNDBITE: Dr. Sally Burton-Hoyle, Director, EMU's College Supports Program:"Tony was admitted to Eastern just like anybody else. All our students are regular admission. And then they come to us and say, 'All right. We're going to need additional kinds of supports."(NATS: Saylor and Boik joking around)THOSE SUPPORTS CAME IN THE FORM OF CALLIE BOIK, A THEN-GRAD STUDENT WHO BECAME SAYLOR'S SHADOW FOR MORE THAN A YEARSOUNDBITE: Callie Boik, Autism Collaborative Center:"I helped him navigate campus, getting from building to building _ that was sometimes a challenge getting from classroom to classroom. I took his notes for him, making sure he handed in his homework."STUDENTS ACROSS THE U.S. WITH AUTISM AND OTHER LEARNING DISABILITIES ONCE WOULD HAVE LANGUISHED AT HOME. OR IN MENIAL JOBS. OR STRUGGLED UNSUCCESSFULLY IN COLLEGE. NOW WITH A LITTLE HELP, THEY'RE FLOURISHING. SAYLOR IS A PUBLISHED AUTHOR, CREATOR OF A COMIC STRIP FOR THE SCHOOL PAPER AND IS ON TRACK FOR A DEGREE TO HOPEFULLY WRITE HIS OWN FUTURE.MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, ASSOCIATED PRESS----------------------------------------STORYLINE:As he sits in class at Eastern Michigan University, a flood of images streams from Tony Saylor's mind down through his pen and onto paper. Often, his doodling features the 9-year-old character, Viper Girl, who battles monsters with her pet fox, Logan. The 22-year-old Saylor has even self-published several books of their adventures. Saylor's professors didn't exactly welcome his constant drawing, but once he explained it was the only way he could hope to process their lectures _ and stay awake _ they let him continue. For college students with autism and other learning disabilities, this is the kind of balancing act that takes place every day _ accommodating a disability while also pushing beyond it toward normalcy and a degree, which is increasingly essential for finding a meaningful career.Saylor and a growing number like him are giving it a shot.Students who once would have languished at home, or in menial jobs, or struggled unsuccessfully in college, are finding a new range of options for support services to help.