Mike Walther’s little brother, Sean, was just 2 years old when his doctor delivered a dire prognosis: Sean was permanently disabled, unlikely to ever walk or talk. Suggesting that it might be best for the family to put him in an institution, the doctor said there was no point in trying to send him to school.

As it turns out, Sean was later diagnosed with a type of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. Now in his mid-40s, he walks, talks, plays golf and has a part-time job and a generally happy life.

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