Monday, May 20, 2013
They called him worthless.
They said he didn't belong in school. He would never be like other kids.
He would never pick up social cues. He would never be able to make friends.
He hid under desks. He hit. He bit other kids. He had tantrums.
Autistic kids don't get better. Maybe we can manage the symptoms, but he'll never be one of the "normal" kids.
He can't go on field trips. He won't be able to make his own decisions.
"He'll never learn to ride a bike. He doesn't have that kind of coordination."
They tried to kick him out at Kindergarten, 1st grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade and 8th grade. His counselors tried so hard to manage expectations.
"Don't expect him to take hard classes. Focus on life skills. He won't do well in Calculus (B+); he won't be able to do Physics (A); Don't let him sign up for Organic Chemistry (B+)."
"He won't get into college." -- He starts his Biochemistry program in August.
"When he finishes high school, celebrate his Certificate of Attendance - he won't graduate." -- They're all invited to his graduation this Thurdsay.
He'll never go to prom.
They gave me lots of nevers. Never expect too much. Never push too hard. Never fight.
I'll give them two more.
I will NEVER give up.
And they will NEVER be right.