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Who Benefits More From Inclusion, the Boy with Autism or the Crowd, the Farmer or the City Dwellers?©

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Who Benefits More From Inclusion, the Boy with Autism or the Crowd, the Farmer or the City Dwellers?© by Rabbi David Baum Ki Tavo 2015/5775



Jason Mcelwain, a 5”6 tall kid, tried out for his high school’s JV basketball team, but he didn't make it on the team; but rather than quit, he stayed on as the team’s manager. Jason was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old. He wasn’t sure in any part of his life, but when it came to sports, he was at home; and even though he couldn’t play, he was happy to be the team manager, and he moved up from JV to Varsity. In his three years as manager, dressing up in a suit and tie for every game, he missed only one game. He would get water for the players, set up the equipment, and cheered the players on with enthusiasm at every game.
Before his last game as team manager, his coach gave him a uniform just like the other players, and he wore it with great pride. To put on the uniform and ride the bench was probably the high point in his …