Indiana Daily Student: 'Learning to Trust Himself:' Cook with Autism Works Toward Independence


Joe Banchik wasn’t supposed to have adventurous taste.


On a recent afternoon, he swayed side to side, stooped over a white cutting board and chopping basil. Although Banchik has cooked ostrich, he had never made minestrone. “I like to open myself up,” he said.


The people he is cooking for aren’t nearly as daring. Banchik knows his creations will stretch their palates. Banchik is 25 and on the autism spectrum. He moved from Long Island, New York eight years ago to join College Internship Program Bloomington, a center on North College Avenue to help young adults with autism, attention deficit  hyperactivity disorder and other learning differences achieve independence.


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The College Internship Program is a comprehensive transition program for young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences. Our Mission is to inspire independence and expand the foundation on which young adults with Autism, ADHD, and other Learning Differences can build happy and productive lives.