CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Some people can’t remember what they had for breakfast. 37-year-old Alex Houston remembers just about everything. The Charlotte man lives with autism, and paid our studio a visit Tuesday morning showing us that his disability doesn't stop him.
After naming nearly every one of the FOX 46 news personalities, Houston said, “I am so very smart.”
It’s not his disability that draws attention, however. It’s his incredible IQ.
“We’re all gifted with something,” his mom, Alvi said, “but his gifts are a lot different than the rest of us.”
We gave Houston a blank map of the United States. He filled in all 50 states and their capitals, spelling everything correctly.
When we asked him what day Christmas fell on in 1974, he proclaimed, “Wednesday!”
He was right.
“It actually gives me a lot of hope,” said our newscast director, Hans Fornof. His seven-year-old son also has Autism. “It makes me think, ‘this is what my son has the potential to grow into,’” he said.
Give Houston your full birthday, and he’ll tell you the day you were born.
His mom, Alvi Houston, says she’s not sure how he absorbs the information; all she knows is he has an ability many of us crave.
“My memory is not as great as it used to be,” she said, “so with his memory, I would love to tap into that to figure out how I could hold onto it.”
Houston was just one of many special needs athletes at camp SOAR in Charlotte last week. It’s his mom’s hope that more programs like that are developed to give opportunity to others out there with autism.