Asperger’s syndrome (AS) is an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that is characterised by significant difficulties in social interaction, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviour, many people with Asperger’s display intense interests. This could be true in the case of Joe Hudy, a 15 year old inventor who wowed President Obama during a visit to the White House.
Hi Joe, can I please start by asking you tell me about yourself?
My name is Joe, I’m 15 years old. I will be attending High School in August. I have Asperger Syndrome. I love to build, program, design, solder and talk to my MAKE friends. I live in Arizona with my mom, dad and sister – Elizabeth. This summer I’m working as an intern at Microchip and being a Beta tester for MAKE. It has been fun and I’m learning a lot. I really want to work for MAKE someday.
What led to you meeting President Obama and what did you think of him and the White House?
Cognizant and MAKE were asked to send two kids to the White House Science Fair. They choose me. It was cool meeting President Obama. The White House was neat to see, all the security was intense. They sent out dogs to sniff all of our projects.