Last Friday, my friend, Alysia sent me a link to a video with the following note attached.
You must watch every minute of all 28 minutes. I would not say that if I didn’t feel that strongly, you know that. His talk will turn everything on its head for you. I am going into the weekend with incredible hope and a completely different outlook at my kids. All three of them.
With people like this in the world, our kids will be okay.
Click on the YouTube link in the message below. You will not regret it. I promise.
That’s a pretty strong recommendation, isn’t it?
So I knew I’d have to find time to watch it. It took me two days before I could carve out twenty-eight minutes, but I finally did. And as I watched the video, I felt it growing – the sense that something big – something really big – is starting.
My kid is not one of those described in the video. Although it’s certainly not impossible, I don’t see a great likelihood that she’s going to be writing code in her spare time. She struggles mightily with math, working hard on mastering early first grade concepts while her third grade peers tackle word problems. But that’s not the point.
The point is that people out there are beginning to think differently about ability. People like Garret Westlake are finding ways to harness the power of what had, in so many cases been a previously unemployable population. They are creating a path to full participation, brazenly removing the barriers to success for people with autism – and doing it by standing the entire paradigm on its head.
This is how it begins.
Thank you, Garret. Thank you.
Watch the video here …