It’s World Autism Awareness Day, and I just want to share this photo. On the left is my 15 year old brother, Solomon, diagnosed with severe-spectrum autism at the age of two. Though he cannot talk and or comprehend, it’s amazing how much he actually says. Children with autism are not defective or sheltered: they are cultivating, wise, and talented. My brother has yet to say a coherent sentence to be, but can finish a 100 piece puzzle in little over three minutes. He learned piano in two days simply by hearing notes and being able to play them back. He’s my inspiration, my role model. I can’t imagine life without him, and when he speaks, I listen.