Monday, June 20, 2005

Doing what's easy

"Doing what's easy for us is not always best for others."

I was reading about a new book out called "Beyond the Silence" written by, of all people, an 11 year old autistic boy named Tito. Here's the incredible part, he writes about his life as an autistic boy in poetry!

It was touching to read about how hard his mother, Soma, worked to help her son communicate. She took him from doctor to doctor but none of them could help. She tried desperately to communicate with him. She tied a pencil to his hand and eventually taught him to write.

None of this could be easy but she knew it was best for her son. It was frustrating, tiring, exhausting, but as a result her son is the first autistic author.

This reminds me of another quote: "Most people quit too early to succeed."

An interesting statistic: The incidence of autism has increased from 1 in 10,000 in the 1970s to 1 in 150 today, an increase of over 6,000%.

Autistic forecast: Scattered brainstorms