Success Stories

Success Stories

Featured EEU Alum: Sahil Piyarali, EEU Class of 2003

Sahil is a 17-year old high school senior at University Prep, where he maintains a 3.8 GPA. In his free time, Sahil enjoys playing basketball and baseball, umpiring Little League baseball, spending time with friends, and rooting for the Mariners, Seahawks, and the Oregon State Beavers.

Sahil was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the age of five, and has worked hard to get to the position he is in today. Sahil’s resistance to change, fine motor difficulties, and reluctance to socialize was difficult for he and his family to deal with on a daily basis before he came to the EEU. However, once at the EEU, Sahil and his family were able to receive the support necessary to set him on a path to success. The specialized and individualized teaching that Sahil received at the EEU helped prepare him for to participate in a regular classroom at Montlake Elementary, and continue to help him during his high school years.

Sahil is grateful to his family, his mother Shahina, father Ali, and younger brother Mahir, for being patient with him and supporting him through his journey. Without them, Sahil says that he never could have overcome the challenges associated with Asperger syndrome and developed into the person that he is today. He is also thankful for the many people he has interacted with in his life, for he feels that the many friendships and personal connections he has established have molded him into a happier, more well-rounded person overall.

Sahil was the featured speaker at the 2014 EEU Annual Auction & Dinner, and shared his journey with the event’s 550 guests. He blew the crowd away with his poise, sense of humor, and story of incredible progress.