James Piccarreto and Jeff Gordon

By James Piccarreto - AutismSpeaks.org

I want to say congratulations to Autism Speaks on 10 years of excellence. I am a 24 year old man with Autism from Upstate New York. I was diagnosed at age 3 and many doctors and physicians believed I would never speak or communicate. When I was 5, I came across a little Jeff Gordon car and I was real fascinated with the car that I called the little car "Two-Four." I was learning how to read and write at the time, as well as counting.

Back on 07/07/07, I met Jeff Gordon for the first time before the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. 2 years later, I graduated high school with a local regents diploma and a diploma through technical communications through an institute in Upstate New York. In 2010, I saw Gordon at the DuPont country club during "The Drive for Autism" charity golf game to benefit Autism Speaks.

I even got to...

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