Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs at Stanford

TED has uploaded the commencement speech Steve Jobs gave at Stanford in 2005.

We all hope that our lives have meaning and that our existence touches someone else. It is the rare individual who not only touches millions but who changes the shape of human history. Steve Jobs was one such individual. In retrospect he truly was history's gift to us. He took every event in his life and found meaning. He even found meaning in being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. That is what the following speech is all about.

We in the autism community owe a special debt to Steve Jobs. His innovative designs and communication tools have allowed so many of our children the outlet to allow themselves to finally be heard. While he didn't start out to change the world of autistic individuals alone, (not sure if changing the world the way he did was a goal he had at all) his legacy will be felt for generations throughout our community. Thank you Steve Jobs for giving so much hope to so many. Thank you for giving our children the tools to show the world that they are thinking, breathing and functioning human beings.

Requiscat in pace. Meanwhile once you pass through the Pearly Gates say "hi and thank you" to Archimedes, Galileo, Newton and Einstein for the rest of us. Humanity could not have done it without any of you.

Until next time,