Does anyone have any insight they can offer to help in strategizing the application process for a young man with Asperger's (a form of Autism considered a learning disability) who scored 86/90/96 on the GRE (first take, no preparation, might retake) but has a low GPA of 3.0 at a top competitive state school? Not yet taken Physics GRE, but scored National Merit Commended on SAT - always tests well.
I'm volunteering to assist him in applying for graduate school a year from now; currently in 4th year of a 5 year degree in Physics with minor in Computer Science. Was a summer research fellow cited as a contributor on one paper in the American Physics Society and is planning to do more research during 5th year.
Is passionate about research; will bring to the field a person who see's, thinks and solves problems differently than the rest of us. (At least one Nobel Prize winner has Asperger's) However, is so asocial and eccentric I'm not sure how these kinds of exceptional minds are able to succeed in today's "system" without some help.
Does anyone have any experience of this type of atypical application? Any thoughts would be appreciated.