When his prom night arrived on July 11, 2018, Brodie Smith got dressed and began making his way to the dance. The 16-year-old didn’t have a date and was walking alone when an SUV pulled over. Inside were five girls – and what happened next left him stunned.
Smith has been dealing with autism for many years. “Brodie was diagnosed with atypical autism when he was eight,” his mother, Dianne Smith, told the Daily Mail. “He has always gone to mainstream school but the condition affects his communication and socialization.”
Autism is a developmental disorder that affects social skills and communication and can also cause repetitive behaviors within sufferers. However, it’s not always obvious that someone has autism. And Ms. Smith, who works with kids in the special needs area, called it a “hidden disability” for her son.