Zachary Staubitz

A recent graduate of Lincoln High School, Zachary Ryan Staubitz says he is ready for his future. He is excited to move onto his next step, attending Tallahassee Community College, with a plan to transfer to Florida State University before his third year.

Staubitz, who has ADHD, participated in Ability1st’sHigh School High Tech (HSHT) program while attending Lincoln High School. HSHT prepare sstudents with disabilities for life after high school through real-world experiences. The group has weekly meetings where they learn real-life skills such as how to write a resume and how to conduct job interviews.

When asked about his favorite experiences with the HSHT program, Staubitz said, “I really enjoyed the trip to the FAMU campus. We took a tour and learned about the college application process.” He also enjoyed a trip to Flight Line Inc., where the HSHT students were able to tour a private plane.

Staubitz plans to be a lighting designer, and is studying theatre and technology while in college. He also volunteers with a local church youth group working the sound board and lights during their theatre and musical productions.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a brain disorder that affects how you pay attention, sit still, and control your behavior. Children diagnosed with ADHD often are easily distracted, don't finish tasks, forget about daily activities and experience problems organizing daily tasks.

In an effort to spread awareness of ADHD, Staubitz created the “the ADHD memes” Instagram account.

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Ability1st, the Center for Independent Living of North Florida, is a community-based nonprofit organization that provides services to persons with varying disabilities. Ability1st serves Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Gadsden, and Wakulla counties.