This morning I had the honor of presenting to the staff of an elementary school here in the Saint Louis area. With the weather being poor the room was only half full when I began but as each person came in the other teachers were so focused on what I had to say that no hint of realizing this occurred.
As I presented on I could see that, as I made each point, there was almost synchronized nodding as each teacher thought of a student past or present.
There was a lot of laughter, some tears, and it was obvious that this faculty truly cared about learning more about the autism spectrum. The reason I feel this is so important is that, when a teacher is reached and has a better understanding of the autism spectrum, there is no telling how many students will be better served over the course of that teacher's career because of just one presentation.
To see the obvious caring from these teachers today is what drives me; I've done just under 150 presentations this year and it's just as enjoyable and meaningful as the first.