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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A Father's Heartfelt Facebook Post About Son with Autism Who Says He Has No Friends, Inspires Flood of Online Support

Bob Cornelius snapped a photo of a card his son Christopher made at a back-to-school night recently, without thinking that it would change his son’s life.

article by , for PEOPLE magazine | Sept. 30, 2016

When Cornelius got home and took a closer look at the picture – of a worksheet his son completed filling out personal information like “favorite food” and “favorite TV show” – he saw that next to the “some of my friends” prompt, Christopher, 11, had written “no one.”

Bob, who wrote that Christopher is on the autism spectrum, penned a heartrending Facebook post that reads, in part, “His classmates are delayed as well, but most not as much as Christopher. They are figuring out how to interact socially every day, and because Christopher cannot engage them in a typical way, he gets left behind … excluded, in his eyes.

“Until Thursday, I didn’t know how aware he was of this divide, as he does not often talk about his peers. I should not have been surprised as he makes his wants (but not his emotional needs) very clear … but I was. Mostly, I suppose, because I had never seen him put it down on paper. But for the first time, it was staring at me in the face.”

Bob Cornelius Facebook Post

"No One":
For those of you who don't know, my youngest son, Christopher, is on the autistic spectrum. I went to his back to school night on Thursday and took a picture of one of his projects displayed on the wall, one of many cute little cards that all the kids in his class had filled out. It asked him to list his favorite foods, sport, TV shows etc.
I took the picture hurriedly, and didn't notice all the answers he had filled out at that time. It was only after I got home...
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Bob’s letter quickly went viral, and his various inboxes were soon overflowing with people offering to send Christopher letters, gifts and other proofs of friendship.

Among the many people touched by the story: Missouri’s Grain Valley North Middle School student Jordan Davis, who heard about Christopher when the story was picked up on Dana & Parks, a show on KMBZ.

“I’ve kind of been in that situation and it hit me,” Jordan told KCTV. “He’s in our grade.”

Jordan asked her mother if she could write Christopher a note, but the pair soon decided to spread the effort to the rest of her grade. Eventually, they sent a packet of 110 letters to Christopher, 1,100 miles away in Rockaway, New Jersey.

SOURCE: for wonderful article PEOPLE magazine

If you’re interested in reaching out to Christopher, his father provided his address at the bottom of the Facebook post:

Christopher Cornelius
96 Valley View Drive
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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