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Mike's Statement on World Autism Awareness Day 2013 Wednesday, 27 March 2013 Today, Mike made the following statement in the House of Commons to mark World Autism Awareness Day 2013.  

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, and 15 years since my son, Jaden was diagnosed.

As I've shared many times here, life with autism really is an adventure - unique for every family living with it.

Our world today is one in which our 13-year-old daughter babysits our 17-year-old son;

a world in which I often discover my iPad YouTube viewing history filled with Barney episodes, and home-video clips of airplane takeoffs and landings posted by random strangers from around the globe;

a world in which visitors to our home experience odd and memorable moments, like the dinner this past summer when Jaden suddenly decided to guzzle Italian salad dressing straight from the bottle.

Mr. Speaker, from time-to-time, when I tell someone Jaden has autism, they'll mention Rainman and ask if he has some kind of 'special power'. The answer of course is 'yes'.

No matter what your mood, he can bring you a moment of complete joy without uttering a single word. I've even seen him bring members from all sides of this crazy place together on occasion.  I can't think of a more 'special power' than that.

Click here to watch the video.

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