Thorkil Sonne was a Danish telecom executive and self-described “happy family man” when his youngest son was diagnosed with autism. “We were told to forget the plans we had for our family,” Sonne recalls, his heartache still evident more than a decade later. “We learned that our son would risk being bullied at school. He would be a potential dropout from further education. He would probably be rejected by all employers.” Searching the literature for a more optimistic outlook, Sonne and his wife …

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