...with a very special former student.
Never underestimate what a relationship may teach you. That is the lesson I learned from a boy who was probably underestimated by many.
I hadn't dealt with autism before meeting him. I didn't know to expect on a daily basis. I was both fearful and hopeful for his success.
But like so many others with "disabilities," my friend has extra "abilities. " And just as I was amazed at his strengths in the classroom those years ago, I'm even more amazed and more than a bit proud of the young man he has become.
So when the opportunity presents itself, step out of your comfort zone and embrace someone who faces challenges that are different from your own. Offer to walk along beside them for at least a part of their journey. They will likely benefit, but I guarantee you'll benefit more.