Joshua Beckford is not only an extraordinary autistic child but also a trailblazer, having become the youngest admitted student at the University of Oxford.
In 2011, at the age of six, Beckford was accepted into the University of Oxford’s special program for children aged 8 to 13.
His father, Daniel, discovered the Oxford online program for gifted children and applied to support Beckford’s intellectual development.
Despite being two years younger than the minimum age requirement, Beckford was admitted to the program.
He studied Philosophy and History at the University of Oxford in England and eventually excelled in all of his courses.
Joshua Beckford’s brilliant achievement earned him the title of “smartest boy in the world” from the professor at City University.
Among the courses in which he excels are foreign languages, mathematics, history, philosophy, natural sciences, and IT.
Joshua Beckford is a child with high-functioning autism, which was diagnosed when he was just 10 months old.
However, he showed signs of being a genius early in his life. His father, Daniel Knox, said that Beckford could already recognize letters at the age of ten months.
Joshua Beckford has now received several recognitions and awards and supports humanitarian courses worldwide.
Beckford is the face of the National Autistic Society’s Black and Minority Ambassadors.
He is also the African and British ambassador for the Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network’s campaign to support education for low-income families (LIFE).