A message from Michelle (a very proud mom of Ronin):
“My brilliantly individual and quirky son has had more opportunities because of his Asperger’s. Let me explain why.
He has the ability to get up in front of literally millions of people and sing – without an ounce of stage fright.
He has always loved to perform – since he was a small child.
He has told me that Asperger’s allows him to focus on what he loves – performing.
And he has a beautiful voice.
When he was in third grade he disappeared into the restroom.
When his teacher noticed he was missing for quite some time, she quietly stepped out of the classroom and heard a “glorious” noise from the boys bathroom.
She grabbed the other teachers and they listened in awe.
She went back to the classroom and waited for him to return.
She phoned me that evening and told me of the event.
When I asked my son why he spent so much time singing in the restroom he simply said – “it sounds much better when I sing in there”.
She encouraged him to audition for a children’s choir.
He grew from there.
Fast forward to now, the choir he has been involved with for 5 years now (the One Voice Children’s Choir) was selected to audition for America’s Got Talent.
They were voted through to the quarter finals and performed in NYC, on live national television, at Radio City Music Hall.
I asked him if he was nervous (I would be a mess with nerves) and he said simply, “No, not at all”.
When I asked him why, he said so sweetly “because I just love it too much and I will do what I have to do to keep the joy of performing alive”.
There have been awfully difficult times for us as a family as we went through all of the emotions of having a child with an ASD diagnosis.
It hasn’t been easy, but it hasn’t been all horrible either.
As my husband and I experienced this adventure over this past summer with my child, my heart just burst with so much emotion – we made it through so much.
Not an ounce I would change for anything.
So, when there are those that look at having Asperger’s as something negative, we as a family a choosing to not see it that way. ”
You can see the choir in the video below (Ronin appears around 5 minutes 29 seconds with a close up).
To Aspies got talent!
PS There’s more in depth Aspie show biz success stories in this month’s Aspirations newsletter http://www.aspirationsnewsletter.com with the Susan Boyle story.