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  • Transcriber: Maurício Kakuei Tanaka Reviewer: David DeRuwe

  • My name is Cole,

  • and over the next few minutes,

  • I'm going to teach you that it's okay to be different.

  • Since a young age,

  • I've worn different colored socks and two different shoes.

  • Why?

  • Because I am unique.

  • A standout from the crowd.

  • I feel best when I am being me.

  • This summer, a funny thing happened.

  • I was in a bookstore with my mom

  • when I realized everyone was strangely quiet.

  • And so I did what needed to be done.

  • I started singing.

  • As a joke, my mom pointed to a book and said,

  • "Hey, Cole! This book is for you."

  • I pulled it out and read the cover.

  • Here's what it said:

  • "You're weird."

  • (Laughter)

  • "A creative journal for misfits, oddballs,

  • and anyone else who's uniquely awesome."

  • It's the best book ever.

  • It tells everyone it's cool to be different.

  • Today I'm going to tell you about a friendship of mine

  • that is a little different than you might expect.

  • This is one of my best friends, Steven.

  • He is the happiest person I know.

  • Steven is 44 years old and has autism.

  • Let me start by explaining how we became special friends.

  • When my mom was just 13 years old,

  • she was in the high school cafeteria about to have lunch with her friends.

  • Then she passed a table of kids with special needs.

  • Steven was a boy at that table.

  • He shouted out,

  • "Hey, what's your name? Come sit with me!"

  • My mom sat down,

  • and in that moment, a special friendship began.

  • Steven asked my mom three questions:

  • He wanted to know what she was having for lunch,

  • her phone number,

  • and if they could be friends for 40 years.

  • (Laughter)

  • As my mom gave him her phone number and said yes,

  • he clapped with excitement and said, "I will call you every day."

  • (Laughter)

  • Ever since that day, in 1988,

  • he has kept his promise and called our house every single day.

  • When I was born, Steven was a special part of our family,

  • and I've grown up calling him Uncle Steven.

  • Steven is included in family dinners,

  • he comes to my soccer games,

  • he loves watching movies with us,

  • and every couple of weeks, he has a sleepover.

  • Steven has had autism his whole life.

  • Autism spectrum disorder refers to a range of conditions

  • characterized by challenges with social skills,

  • repetitive behaviors,

  • speech and nonverbal communications,

  • as well as by unique strengths and differences.

  • My friend Steven is not able to drive a car,

  • but he is able to memorize every phone number he has ever heard.

  • There is no cure for autism,

  • but I think Steven is perfect the way he is.

  • One of my favorite memories with Steven is whenever a firetruck passes us.

  • He shouts out, "When I grow up, I want to be a firetruck."

  • (Laughter)

  • That always makes me smile.

  • He likes the idea of being a fireman,

  • but he loves the idea of being a firetruck.

  • (Laughter)

  • Another thing that always makes me laugh is how much he likes to eat.

  • Have you ever met someone who can eat a steak,

  • a slice of pizza, french fries, apple pie, ice cream,

  • and they are still starving?

  • Well, Steven eats all that almost every time we see him.

  • Finally,

  • one of my favorite memories with Steven is when we play hide-and-seek.

  • He always hides in the closets.

  • (Laughter)

  • I love playing hide-and-seek with Steven.

  • It always makes me smile.

  • But not just me.

  • He makes everyone smile.

  • I don't think we need a cure for autism,

  • just like we don't need a cure for freckles.

  • Autism is not a disease, just like brown hair isn't a disease.

  • You don't need to fix something that isn't broken.

  • I look up to my Uncle Steven as he is the happiest person I know.

  • Steven doesn't try to be like anyone else.

  • He is exactly who he was meant to be.

  • Imagine a world where we all live like Steven.

  • Find out what makes you different.

  • Don't be afraid to stand out.

  • Wake up, jump out of bed, and be exactly who you are.

  • We are all a little different, and that's awesome!

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

  • (Cheers)

Transcriber: Maurício Kakuei Tanaka Reviewer: David DeRuwe

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