An ex-student of mine sent me this link today. It's about an unlikely hero:
Watch it with a box of tissues nearby. What this does make me wonder, though, is whether an entire school's-worth of kids --including the popular ones -- would scream and leap to their feet for a child who is less obviously "autistic" than this wonderful boy, but still different from the mainstream. I guess I'm thinking of Ben, here. It's hard to imagine two hundred typical kids treating him like a hero, no matter what his achievement.
Still, this is a Very Good Thing. Not to be corny, but stories like this renew my faith in humanity.