In recent article entitled "A School District That Takes the Isolation Out of Autism" the New York Times reports on how the Madison public schools "are nationally known for including children with disabilities in regular classes."
The one autistic student we learn about is a high school junior named Garner Moss, whose parents moved to Madison because they were tired of fighting for full inclusion in Tennessee. And, while the article doesn't quantify Garner's autism, all available clues suggest that it is at the "tiny" end of the spectrum.
He is not one of the fastest on the high school cross-country team, but he runs like no other. “Garner enjoys running with other kids, as opposed to past them,” said Casey Hopp, his coach.
On cold mornings, no one wants to be first in the water, so Garner thinks it’s a riot to splash everyone with a colossal cannonball. “They get angry,” the coach, Paul Eckerle, said. “Then they see it’s Garner, and he gets away with it. And that’s how practice begins.”My son got kicked off the math team the third time he deliberately wrote on the whiteboard in permanent sharpie marker. After-school chess and soccer works out only if I attend also and keep a constant eye on him.