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    Individual?

    Hello, I am translating this for Survival Strategies for People on the Autism Spectrum by Marc Fleisher and I am not quite sure about the meaning of "individual" here:

    Anyone with autism who is in a position of having a book publication opportunity come their way is already in the top few per cent of individual achievers and should feel proud of themselves.

    I would appreciate your help.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Individual?

    Quote Originally Posted by EnglishLearner1990 View Post
    Hello, I am translating this for Survival Strategies for People on the Autism Spectrum by Marc Fleisher and I am not quite sure about the meaning of "individual" here:

    Anyone with autism who is in a position of having a book publication opportunity come their way is already in the top few per cent of individual achievers and should feel proud of themselves.

    I would appreciate your help.

    Thank you.
    It means a person who achieved something important on their own.

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    Re: Individual?

    There are two types of achievers; Individual and Group.

    Individual achievers have succeeded at doing a task by themselves and didn't have help.

    Group achievers have succeeded at doing a task as a member of a group.

    In the context you showed,

    Anyone with autism who is in a position of having a book publication opportunity come their way is already in the top few per cent of individual achievers and should feel proud of themselves.

    Not many people are offered book opportunities. Thus anyone who has been offered this (a book publication) is in the top percent of individual achievers. As opposed to a group achievement, such as participating in an activity that requires a group to complete. For instance, a Guinness Book of World Records achievement of having the longest human chain (people holding hands).
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 02-Aug-2013 at 07:46. Reason: Typo correction

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    Re: Individual?

    Quote Originally Posted by EnglishLearner1990 View Post
    Hello, I am translating this for Survival Strategies for People on the Autism Spectrum by Marc Fleisher and I am not quite sure about the meaning of "individual" here:

    Anyone with autism who is in a position of having a book publication opportunity come their way is already in the top few per cent of individual achievers and should feel proud of themselves.

    I would appreciate your help.

    Thank you.
    I have a colleague who fought through autism, earned a PhD, and has become a world lecturer, a major contributor to industry, and the subject of a movie -- Temple Grandin. That is individual achievement.

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