Finally!!!! My Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) boy has a friend he really has a lot in common with (I wonder if this boy is on the spectrum too) and he is spending the next to days at his apartment. This young man played softball with Sonic in the Special Olympics and has a great family. His father was the softball team's coach! Both Sonic and T. are high functioning. The boy lives in a really cool and clean apartment complex that has nine apartments. Sonic is applying to live there. Somebody is on the premesis most of the time and a caseworker checks in on them in the morning and in the evening to make sure they get up for work and then to make sure they are ok for getting ready for bed. It's perfect for Sonic because he will be 80% independent...the residents come and go as they please. Anyhow, Sonic is really excited. He packed and keeps come downstairs to tell me how he can't wait for tomorrow. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) adults, even the high functioning ones, can be childlike in some ways and Sonic is so cute the way he is so excited. Actually, working and playing sports has given him a few friends, not just this one, although he seems to like this one the most. Sonic has never wanted to spend the night away from home before, so this is his first time. Mom is excited and sad because I know Sonic will be moving out as soon as his name comes up on the waiting list (I hope it's a long list). When we first brought this two year old home, he was so wild and crazy and spastic and he raged so much that nobody knew if he'd ever be halfway normal. I can honestly say he is probably my happiest kid. He doesn't mind his disability and is usually on an even keel. I consider him a huge success story. You have to be well-behaved and able to take care of your needs to live in this apartment complex, and I know he will pass the muster. I am not sure why I posted it. Maybe it's an apprehensive yet happy vent? Thanks for reading it!