Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mother's Request for Birthday Wishes Goes Viral

A Michigan boy with autism has received global attention in the past week for a simple reason: he thinks that no one cares about his 11th birthday.  His mother was heartbroken when her son Colin told her that he didn't want a birthday party because he had no friends.  Without telling Colin, his mother appealed to Facebook users who have responded magnificently.  Her plea has gone viral, resulting in more than a hundred thousand birthday wishes that flood in every passing minute.  Colin's birthday is on March 9th and he has no idea any of this is happening.  Visit his Facebook Page to wish Colin a happy birthday!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Autistic Teen Asks Ellen DeGeneres to Prom, Receives Community Support

It is truly unfortunate that there are those, on the spectrum and off, who feel that they are alone even though they are in fact surrounded by friendly, loving people.  Yesterday, someone I used to work with committed suicide.  I never really spoke with her that much but it is clear that she was loved because of the number of people who have been hurt by this loss.

This story proves that there is always hope, no matter how alone or disconnected you might feel.  Esteban Barriga, a teen with autism from Maynard Massachusetts, told his mother that he was not going to his high school prom because he had no friends.  He eventually changed his mind and decided who he wanted to ask to accompany him on that special night...talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Although this seems like a tall order to achieve, it has helped Esteban see one thing in his life that he did not see before.  From the amount of support he is receiving from his classmates and his community, he has surely seen all the friends that he does have in his life.  Whether or not he actually reaches Ellen DeGeneres is irrelevant.  He's already proven his earlier statement wrong.  Esteban does indeed have friends who are willing to help him make his dreams come true.

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