My oldest son Nat, 22, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three in January 1993. At the time we were told that autism is incurable and that the right educational approach would make all the difference. I still believe that and as a result we have changed Nat’s education programs six times, searching for the best fit. He is currently thriving at a vocational school. He will probably never go to college or get married but he did have his first playdate when he was 15, and he learned how to play on a basketball team when he was 18, so I have learned that with autism, never say "never."