Today’s NY Times includes a touching article about a couple’s struggle to accept their son’s autism. You can read the article here. What struck me, as I read it, is that Jonah’s parents were not all that different from many other parents of children who don’t have autism or any learning or other disability. It is not uncommon for parents to have an image of their child, when trying to fit that child into a mold is no more realistic than Jonah’s parents were in trying to “fix” his autism. Jonah’s parents finally let go and gave him the gift of acceptance. When more parents of typically developing children can do the same, we will see more children thriving in school and in life.