College Student with ASD returns to his Middle School to Encourage! Welcome Home Newspaper June 2, 2015 Returning to the most challenging of school-age years (Middle School) came easy for Samuel Allen as the 20-year-old recently spoke to an anxious group of parents at San Antonio’s Lopez Middle School where he attended some 8 years ago. The topics ranged from the effects of bullying to finding your ASD child’s talent/strengths. The most candid question came at the end of the evening when Sam was asked whether the parent should reveal to their son that he was recently diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism to which Sam replied “Why would you not? How can your son fully understand himself without knowing how he is hardwired? Autism is a gift not a curse.” The parents reaction was both tears and applause.