Living with Asperger’s as well as diabetes can understandably present barriers in one’s personal and professional life, but Johnathan Wier, fueled by positivity and determination, continuously leaps over these hurdles.
Walnut Creek YMCA staff and members describe Johnathan as both a valued employee and one of the most caring and positive people you’ll ever meet. Likewise, Johnathan has benefited from his experience as part of the Y team. Diagnosed with Asperger’s, an autism spectrum disorder, at the age of 3, employment at the Y has been one of the tools helping Johnathan to become more social and outgoing — now he is often the first one to greet members and send them well wishes.
He graduated from Urbandale High School in 2007, and a year later became a Y member and volunteer. In just a few months he was offered a part-time position and began working in November of 2008. When he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in October of 2010, Johnathan found support through the Y. He decided to make some life changes to become a healthier person, which included daily exercise; today you can often find Johnathan doing pushups and situps in the Walnut Creek Y wellness area or even in a Body Jam class.
Thank you, Johnathan (pictured above left with Pete Zblewskis, Building Supervisor), for being an inspiration to everyone at the Y and for your dedication as a staff member!