When our son, Sam, was diagnosed with autism, the first person we called when we got home from the doctor who had just told us that Sam would “NEVER talk, never go to school, never have friends…” …the first person we called was Joe (Joseph Chilton Pearce). Joe took the diagnosis with a grain of salt and said this to us, “Know this: The line between autism and genius is hair thin. If you have the courage, throw out your television and home-school him.” Further in the discussion, he said, “The point is that everything he’s doing, even if he’s screaming, is an expression of his intelligence. It’s up to you to figure out what he’s trying to say and go from there.” Here we are 20 years later…Sam has lost his autism diagnosis. He is a talented singer and actor, sought after in the local opera circles (He just sang Verdi’s “King for a Day” in Donald Pippin’s Pocket Opera, for example) and is attending on-line college towards his Associate Arts degree after which he’s been offered a slot in an acting conservatory in New York City with plans to go on to a music conservatory or university music program. THANK YOU, Joe. Your words have always guided us on our path with our son, Sam. Bless you….
— with Sam E. Rubin.