According to the Huffington Post, when he was 2 years old, Jake Barnett was “diagnosed with moderate to severe autism. Doctors told his parents that the boy would likely never talk or read and would probably be forever unable to independently manage basic daily activities like tying his shoe laces.” But the doctors were wrong. According to the 60 Minutes interview, at 13 years old, Jake Barnett was already attending college and tutoring his older “peers.” In fact, “the math and science prodigy was acing college courses when he was just eight and hopes to use his gift to change the world.” Jake Barnett has asserted that he may one day disprove Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
The following interview was conducted by Morley Safer of 60 Minutes.
The story has shown us to never give up. The people who are trained experts may not be the best recovery advocates.
Thanks to Jake Barnett and his family, CBS News, 60 Minutes, 60 Minutes Overtime, Morley Safer, Huffington Post, YouTube, and all the other people who made it possible for me to include the picture and video I used in this post.