Headlines from NPR On-Line for Friday, April 6, 2018
‘You Would Always Have My Back’: Brothers With Autism Navigate Life Together
Brothers Russell, 28, and Remmick Wadsworth, 27, have autism. As kids, they had trouble with social interactions, so they often relied on each other for support during tough situations. Now, as the siblings navigate the working world, they’re still looking out for each other.
Remmick remembers his first job, working with his older brother in a coffee shop. “You would always have my back, talking to customers for me, handle them for me while I make their drinks,” he tells Russell during a StoryCorps conversation.
Russell was supervisor at the cafe, where he says almost every employee had autism. He recalls a certain worker who was unaccustomed to talking to people.
“He would have this scowl on his face. But that was just how he was,” he says. “And a customer came up, and took his scowl the wrong way, and just got so mad. He was about ready to punch his lights out.”
So Russell pulled the customer aside, and let him know that the employee was on the autism spectrum. “After I explained this to him, this man started crying because he didn’t realize this,” Russell says.
(The article continues at http://www.npr.com.)
Readings from the Gospel of John for Friday, April 6, 2018
Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10.10b).
I haver a grandson on the autism spectrum. He and his brother play together or at least side-by-side. When I read the above article, I thought of how Grant (the neuro-typical younger brother) could be a life-long support for Grayson (the older brother on the spectrum).
My deepest desire for these two boys is that they experience the abundant life that God desires for every person on the face of the earth. These boys are blessed to have loving parents and to have many opportunities for success available to them.
As I pray for them, I include the many who do not have the kind of opportunities that are present for them.
Prayers for Friday, April 6, 2018
Dear God, please help us provide an atmosphere for children to experience abundant life.