Last Tuesday, Daniel Korins wrote:

As an autism dad, I’m proud to say that I will be honored on Thursday by MyTime Inc, a wonderful organization that provides respite and other services for autistic children and their families. I would like to share this honor with my wife and all the autism moms and dads who recognize one simple truth: Focus on what your child can do, not what he or she cannot do. But most of all, this honor belongs to my autistic son Michael.

Middle school was an exceptional challenge for my son. He was finding it more and more difficult to focus and had frequent meltdowns. Some of his school aids yelled at him so frequently that he imitated their dialogue and yelled at himself at home. As Michael continued to withdraw, he found comfort in Music. My son’s musical talent had become abundantly evident by age three. He sang beautifully and with perfect pitch. If he closed his eyes when I played a note on the piano, he could always name the note I played.

I decided to use music to reopen the lines of communication with Michael and to encourage him to perform in public. This process was slow and frustrating, but it eventually paid off. Among Michael’s many achievements: He was the only vocalist in his school district to be invited to sing with the New York All-State Mixed Chorus in 2011. This year, Michael was invited to perform at “Autism’s Got Talent’ in London England. He is the only person from the US ever to be invited to perform at this show. Check out the link below to the video from that show (Michael’s sister sings backup).

My journey as an autism parent has taught me that if you focus on your child’s strengths, their self-esteem will soar. Once this happens, they’ll be better prepared to take on whatever challenges they may face. And you never know, they just might accomplish something that you never dreamed was possible.
See Daniel’s son Michael here, performing at Autism’s Got Talent 2016


About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (, personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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