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#visionariesaremade - Father's Day 2017 / page 7

June 2017

Visionaries are not born; they're made.

What makes someone a visionary? Perhaps it's the ability to see possibility where others do not.


Bill and Billy

Studio photo of Bill and Billy
Photo by Cecilia and Jacob Lee

Bill: Billy is extremely observant, extremely intelligent. He has a photographic memory; if something is moves, you'll know about it. He's very loving. His prized possession is his matchbox cars. Billy shares his matchbox cars and McDonald's toys with his niece and nephews.

He's at the community center with Gina and his friends. It's like school; there are six different classes. They pick their classes. He's got a new friend at Norcum, Frank, who was in residential for 18 years, and the things he's doing are amazing.

Our doctor was not forthcoming. The best advice that we were ever given was "Treat him as normal as possible". Treat them as normal as possible. What you expect from them they will give you.

Seeing the strides Billy has made, the achievements, how well liked he is... if you're in a position to hire, he has a phenomenal sense of people. He can a phenomenal intuition for people and whether they are good or bad. He can sense right away whether they are for or against him.

Billy: Good dada: yeah!




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