HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A young man diagnosed with autism as a child was told he may never even go to school, but he's proven the naysayers wrong.
Today, Robbie Clark is a published author. In My Words: Stories of an Autistic Boy contains stories of happiness, sadness and everything in between.
He's worked on this book for the last four years and made it his goal to finish. Last week, he achieved it when a boxful of his books was delivered to his door step. You can imagine his excitement.
"Some have ordered it on my website," said Clark.
The reviews have started rolling in, too. "Aw, you did great, it was wonderful, it was brilliant, it was worthwhile,” said Clark.
There is a moral to Robbie’s story, a lesson you get from seeing a glimpse into his life, from the words written on these 100 pages. No matter what obstacles we face, we can do anything we set our minds to. "Believe in their self and try to think positive," said Clark.
And instead of dwelling on the things we can't do. "Try to think of something you can do," said Clark.
A message you'll gain just by a glance at the cover, so there's no telling what you'll learn on the inside.
Robbie is encouraging others to share their stories with him, too- he's added a feature to his website where people can post. His family hopes their stories will help other families with autistic children.
If you'd like to meet Robbie, he's hosting a book signing on Sunday, July 24 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 6:00 p.m. in Huntsville.