TiVo® Alert Larry King Live – Autism Show

February 11, 2008 Kyron No Comments

Larry King Live this week (Thursday, February 14th) is featuring a show on Autism. Should be interesting with several well known parents of autistic children appearing. I’m most interested in seeing Jason McElwain though.

For those of you who don’t know about Jason, let me catch you up. Jason is a child who was diagnosed as autistic as a toddler. He is considered highmcelwain Eric Sucar Daily Messenger TiVo® Alert Larry King Live   Autism Show functioning. In high school at Greece Athena outside of Rochester, NY, Jason served as a manager of the high school basketball team for 3 years. Wanting to repay his loyalty the team coach had him suit up for the last game. Not guaranteeing Jason the chance to play, the coach did put him in for the last 4 minutes of the game. On his first opportunity to take a shot Jason did – and missed. On successive chances however Jason not only scored but scored BIG. Jason hit six 3-point shots and scored a total of 20 points tying a school record.

The bigger story here however has nothing to do with Jason and yet everything to do with Jason. The bigger story is the reception that Jason got just in entering the game. The crowd went wild. With each successive score the crowd went more crazy. (Keep in mind that the team was already well ahead at the time the coach put Jason into the game) With the finish of the game the crowd at the game rushed the floor putting Jason upon its shoulders and carrying him around the gym in triumph. (See the video at YouTube by clicking here – make sure you have a couple of hankies available)

Jason from this vantage point at least seems to be the poster child for successful inclusion/mainstreaming. While I certainly credit Jason to a great degree, one can not forget that along with Jason’s apparently infectious spirit goes credit to his parents who fostered this child’s attitude of staying focused and belief in self as well as a school and community who looked past a label and accepted a person.

If all our children could be so lucky as to have such love an acceptance in a mainstream setting. I wish they were available to more children, more easily, more readily, more consistently. I wish I didn’t have to wish for it.

I look forward to seeing what’s up with Jason now!

The description from the Larry King Live website of this Thursday’s show:

The heartbreak …and hope of autism. Jason “J-Mac” McElwain inspired the world with his incredible shot-making at a high school basketball game. Larry talks to the teen and others about the disorder. Holly Robinson Peete, Doug Flutie and Toni Braxton join the discussion to bust myths and present breakthroughs. It’s an uplifting hour with those who know!

Larry King Live is a nightly show on CNN which airs 9pm ET and 6pm PT.

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