Just a note of hope to those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) kids who are higher functioning yet struggling in the job market. Sonic has been working at a workshop for disabled adults, but the caseworkers there try hard to get the workers community jobs. Not all ever make it in the community, but SONIC DID!!! He used to sub for a manufacturing firm that often needed extra bodies and I knew they liked him and said he worked hard and did better than some who were there for a long time and were not disabled, but I never expected them to hire him on. THEY DID!!!! Sonic is very excited and proud, although he wants to and is allowed to return to do some shifts at his old place of work where all his friends are. At this workshop, the people are all the way from low functioining (maybe non-verbal) to middle-middle (high functioning Downs Syndrome or just mental illness that gets in the way of working a normal job) to higher functioning (no behavioral issues and hard working). Sonic's friends are in the latter group, although he is terrific at helping the lower functioning workers. Sonic starts today!! I am so proud of him. When we first got him, he was a mess and out of control and very delayed. But there was sort of an inner peace in him too that was evident to all. Once he learned to talk, he was always a happy person. His sunny smile can light a room and he never sits and pouts over being a little different. I guess, since I share the bad news, I just wanted to share good news too.