My name is Tom Foti and I am a junior communication major at The University of Scranton.
Like any young adult’s life, I have had my fair share of obstacles. The classic bickering with your parents, trying to fit in and school stress are all challenges I faced growing up. Each event made me grow as a person and helped shape who I am today.
If we are all lucky, we will experience a remarkable and life-altering event. A time where we reassess our values and beliefs. This change helps us become a better person than we originally started.
From my earliest recollections, I have dealt with that same event on an everyday basis. You see, my childhood was very unique compared to the norm. It was one which made me mature and appreciate so many different aspects of life.
On Jan. 23, 1993, little me just barely a year and a half old, I had a new baby brother.
As Brian aged, my parents noticed that Brian began showing some unusual signs. He would not answer to his own name, nor would he make much eye contact with my mom and dad. My parents took him to the doctor’s where they diagnosed him with severe autism.
The road from there has been trying, but Brian has made leaps and bounds from his initial prognosis. Now, at 20-years-old, Brian has taught me and countless others about life. This blog will detail the many memories I have experienced with Brian as well as a few posts that will journey through a single day in his life.
This will not be a blog about the science behind the disorder, rather it will celebrate the unrecognized beauty of Brian’s world. I hope you enjoy.