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Wasn't there another recent story about a mentally handicapped kid doing something similar - worked his way into high school sports with such persistence that he was finally allowed to play - and he went on to go to coach women's basketball?
It's so incredibly important to give every person a chance to succeed, small or large. Talk about life changing.
My niece is autistic. It is difficult to interact with her, until you just kinda let go, don't try to make her interact in your way, just let it happen. She is actually incredibly creative and wonderful, but it can be difficult to understand where her mind is taking her sometimes. Neat article, leejo.