A 14-year old boy, whose parents were told that he may never be able to read after being diagnosed with autism, is currently working towards a master's degree and has been tipped to be a future Nobel Prize winner.
Indiana's Jacob Barnett was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism when he was just 2 years old. Doctors told Jacob's parents that he might never learn to speak, read or even tie his own shoelaces.
However today Jacob has been found to have an IQ of 170, higher than even Albert Einstein, has given TedX talks and is currently preparing towards a master's degree in quantum physics.
After putting her son on special education for autistic children for a few years Jacob's mother, Kristine, realized that he is able to do 'spectacular' things on his own and decided to prepare him for mainstream kindergarten herself. Kristine added that while it may sound easy, Jacob has had to work hard daily in order to keep his autism in check. "He overcomes it every day. There are things he knows about himself that he regulates everyday", his mother said.