Dan Burns’ memoir- “Saving Ben: A Father’s Story of Autism” has struck a chord in the autism community. It is no surprise that the book has reached Amazon Sales Rank as #1 Special Needs category in September 2009-the story touches readers on many levels. Obviously it is sad that Ben was diagnosed at three years of age with a profound developmental disability, so profound that doctors recommended institutionalization. However, it is uplifting to read of the monumental parental intervention dubbed- “The Ben Project” that transformed Ben from a nonverbal child who put all objects into his mouth and ears, smeared feces, screamed from sensory overload and fled at every opportunity into a young man who could crack a joke, knew his left shoe from right, brushed his teeth and held down a job at Walmart as his aide supervised. Proud papa Burns has even posted a YouTube video showing Ben bowl a strike.