Joshua Beckford, from Tottenham, is dealing with high-functioning Autism, at the age of 6. He is also the youngest one to attend the prestigious Oxford University.
Joshua was also given a certificate for excellence after getting distinctions in all of his classes and courses, which took part of an online learning program, only for gifted children.
This miraculous boy is now 13 years old and he dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon. He was on the list of the top 30 amazing people in the world with Autism who have an impact on society.
His father’s name is Knox Daniel, and he was the one to find out about the unique learning capability that Joshua had when he was only 10 months old, while the child was sitting on his lap in front of the computer.
Joshua at 10 months was very interested in the keyboard, and his father started him with learning the letters from the keyboard. Quickly after that he realized that he was remembering everything and he was also understanding everything he was told. Then his father started to tell him to point to a letter, and he was able to do that.
Then they moved on to colors.
When he was 3 years old, he was able to read fluently using phonics. Then he learned to speak Japanese, and he was able to touch-type on the computer, before he learned to write.
Joshua remembers his father reading bedtime stories to him every night. He used to read his favorite book called I Am Cute, which is a story about a clever owl.
His father also bought him a real laptop computer when Joshua was two years old with lots of educational software and games.
Since the age of four, I was on my dad’s laptop and it had a body simulator where I would pull out organs.
At the age of 7, Joshua was diagnosed with Autism. Yet, he claims that it did not affect his motivation and goals, as his father explained to him that he was born with lots of gifts and he just learned differently from other people. Daniel also read him books to explain what Autism is.
In 2011, his father learned about a programme at Oxford University that was specifically aimed at children between the age of eight and thirteen.
He wrote to Oxford, hoping he would get admission, although he was younger than the prescribed age for the programme.
Fortunately, they gave Joshua the chance to enroll, and he became the youngest student ever accepted. He took a course in philosophy and history and passed both with distinction.
Joshua was home-schooled since he was too advanced for a standard curriculum. He had a keen interest in the affairs of Egypt throughout his studies, so he is working on a children’s book about the historic and ancient nation.
Moreover, Beckford also serves as the face of the National Autistic Society’s Black and Minority campaign. He hopes he would highlight the challenges minority groups face when attempting to acquire autism support and services.
In 2017, he won The Positive Role Model Award for Age at The National Diversity Awards, an event that celebrates the excellent achievements of grass-root communities that tackle the issues in modern society.
The brilliant boy was also appointed Low-Income Families Education (L.I.F.E) Support Ambassador for Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network in Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, and the United Kingdom.
BMAN Low Income Families Education (LIFE) Support was established to create educational opportunities for children from low-income families so that they have hope of positively contributing to a thriving society.
The boy said:
I am pleased to be given the opportunity to work in partnership with BMAN LIFE to help inspire and provide educational opportunities for children in Africa to prepare for a bright future for the continent in the 21st Century.
He also raises funds for three autism charities and is celebrated for his campaigns to save the environment. He said:
I want to save the earth. I want to change the world and change people’s ideas to doing the right things about earth.
He wrote the poem Saving Mother Earth at the TEDx International Conference in Vienna.
The youth additionally structures and conveys Power Point presentations on Human Anatomy at Community raising money occasions to crowds going from 200 to 3,000 individuals.
The Duke of York, in the wake of meeting Joshua in 2017, posted one of his drawings on his own Twitter record, and Joshua’s drawing of a cheetah currently hangs in Buckingham Palace.
His dad clarifies that child rearing a kid with advanced mental imbalance accompanies its very own difficulties.
Since his cerebrum is above the majority of his friends and even most grown-ups, Joshua “doesn’t care for youngsters his very own age and just likes adolescents and grown-ups.”
Joshua doesn’t care for noisy commotions and consistently strolls on his pussyfoots and he generally eats from a similar plate, utilizing a similar cutlery, and beverages from a similar cup.
Also he’s even more proud of the achievements of his son and he believes that his son has a very bright future.
Joshua said that he feels most free when he is using his imagination to draw. He also added that he loves to be a free spirit.
I have my own mind and ways of thinking. I don’t like to be told what to do. -Joshua Beckford.