You cannot listen to his story without considering the importance of both sharing the diagnosis with our kids as soon as we think they are ready, but also to frame it in ways that enhances our loved ones understanding of their ASD rather than as a deficit needing to be eradicated, because at least for now it can't be. He spoke of the importance of parents exposing kids to as many opportunities for learning as possible. His thinking is that you never know what interest a child may have until you give them the opportunity to find it. That quirky interest/obsession may give the child an avenue into future employment.
I was so pleased to have the opportunity to hear him speak. It was obvious he still hasn't come to terms with how genuinely interested people are in hearing his story. It was a full house last night, and he clearly had not anticipated that. Walking out into the auditorium, and glancing up towards the crowd you could see his astonishment that so many had come. In writing his books he reached out to offer a story of hope to others, never really expecting to be seen as anything other "than a freakshow". Instead he connected, to his amazement, with thousands of people world wide. And he's never looked back.