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Focusing on skills: How my brother with autism may have prevented a train accident

Last Sunday, my brother Stuart who has autism came over my home to celebrate my daughter's birthday. He lives in a residential placement and a staff from the house brought him over. The staff told me that about a year ago, at a subway station, my brother noticed there was a problem with some wheels on a train. My brother told a transit worker. The transit worker called over an inspector and it turned out the problem was dangerous. The crew had all the passengers evacuate the train and then the train was removed from the station for repair. My brother may have saved lives. Even though people have disabilities, we must develop their skills. People with disabilities can also make great contributions to society.