|Special Olympics 2008 in Washington.|
Na'eem won a bronze medal in the
Na'eem loves the iPad. It is actually my iPad but for some reason, he thinks it is his! :D When he can't watch tv, he grabs the iPad and searches youtube for all the old commercials he remembers watching as a kid. It took him a day to learn how to work the search on youtube but once he got it, he got it. However, when he uses the computer, he likes to search wikipedia and look up the oddest things like peanut butter, tv logos and emblems, presidents, holidays and more.
Me and Na'eem on one of our Muslim holidays, Eid-ul-Fitr. It is celebrated after the month long fast of Ramadan. He does not fast the month but we do limit television in the house during the fasting hours. But he still has his/my iPad and the computer when he gets bored.
Na'eem knows every holiday and looks forward to them mainly for the food! His favorite is Thanksgiving where he dictates a list of his favorite dishes, mostly the dishes he remembers having as a kid at my grandparents home for the holiday. Here he is helping my dad grill the dogs and some chicken for the 4th of July. People with autism, depending on their severity, can be trained to do just about anything.
And that everyone is just a small glimpse of autism as it relates to my brother Na'eem. We have so many stories of his childhood and adulthood. A child with autism can be a challenge for them and their family, but with love and support, children and adults with autism can lead a full and happy life. Na'eem in Arabic means blessing, and he is truly a blessing to us and all who gets to know him. :)