I just had the pleasure of watching a wonderful piece on a remarkable young man, Jory Fleming, on the Sunday Today Show. Jory lives with several disabilities, or should I say “different abilities,” including autism. He completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of South Carolina , and went on to be a Rhodes Scholar at The University of Oxford. With his service dog, Daisy, beside him, Jory takes on raising awareness about disabilities and differences and speaks openly about his way of seeing the world and the open communication that is at the heart of tolerance – not only talking and expressing ourselves effectively, but also listening and taking the time to acknowledge the opinions of others.
“I think being able to recognize someone who thinks differently, who processes the world differently, who has a different understanding and position when it comes to emotion can maybe help us to think, you know, what does it mean for someone to be different? And I think that each person is incredibly valuable because of the difference and because of the unique attributes and qualities that each person has and is able to then share with others.” – JORY FLEMING
Please take a moment to watch this enlightening interview with Jory Fleming on Sunday Today with Willie Geist: https://www.today.com/today/embedded-video/mmvo110816837704