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Video games.. or high school graduation?

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Danny Raede


If it came down to video games, or going to your High School Graduation ceremony, which would you choose?

Can you guess which one I did?

If you choose video games, you are correct! (Sorta).

In May 2009 I was graduating High School (FINALLY!). I helped my video production teacher setup for filming graduation, got my graduation pictures taken, yearbook signed, etc.

Then promptly ignored the graduation ceremony entirely and went to a video game orchestra concert with my parents instead. It was amazingly fun, and I don’t regret it one bit!

Imagine this: You are sitting their with your child, and the announcer says “And now the music from Mass Effect 2!”, and the crowd cheers. Meanwhile, you are wondering what the heck Mass Effect 2 is.

That was my graduation “ceremony”.... But then came the realization that I was out of High School. Time to step into the big, wide world!

And by that I mean, time to go to a very expensive college program that helps people with Asperger’s thrive. And by that I mean, helps them with tutoring, cleaning their apartment, cooking, etc.

The problem is: Not many people can A) Afford to spend roughly $25k/semester and B) Get their kid to willingly go.

What happens most of the time is that after high school, you get someone who is in their room all day playing video games. Not trying to get a job. Afraid, shut down & in Defense Mode.

We’ve talked to THOUSANDS of families who are simply out of ideas. They don’t know what to do.

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