Michael is autistic. He was asked to tell his story and seven months later, here's the video he shared with his friends.

Do you ever ask students to tell a story? I'm thankful for Michael's teacher John Lozano who asked the question and gave Michael the time to answer.

Hat tip to my friend Rushton Hurley for sharing this one with us.

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8 thoughts on “An autistic boy speaks his story via video

  1. What a story! I believe Michael will make friends very soon. He seems like an awesome person and seems so much fun. I am glad Michale’s teacher asked him to tell his story because now maybe more people with problems will reach out.

    • Yes, Emily. It is an awesome story. I love how digital media gives so many a voice who didn’t have it before.— Vicki Davis
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  2. What a wonderful story! Having been an aide for a child with autism for six years, this story is near to my heart. I’m amazed at how well Michael expresses his feelings. He did a great job, and hopefully others can better understand and make him feel included.

  3. How touching! Despite all his troubles, he looks and sounds optimistic about his future mostly thanks to his teacher, let alone his mom. This video is both a role model and condemnation for me as I hardly ever pay attention to the children with special needs. Shame on me!

    • Technology can do so much to help us to relate to all of our students. So many precious children – I’m glad Michael spoke out and helped all of us be more sensitive.— Vicki Davis
      @coolcatteacher Blog
      Host: Every Classroom Matters
      Author: Reinventing Writing
      Co-Author: Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds
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  4. Thank you everyone for the positive feedback. This is my son Michael. I decided to sit him down last year and explain to him what autism is, and why he struggled so much socially. Making this video really helped him understand himself, and has really helped others understand him. I am so glad to see that it has reached outside of his own school to others who it may benefit.