Obituary: Man, 51, lived life fully with autism

02/10/2008 | News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), The

Kalon Jeffries, 51, who was among the first generation of those to be diagnosed with high-functioning autism, died in December after a life filled with pianos, chess, downhill skiing and running. When Jeffries' pediatrician recommended a prefrontal lobotomy for him, his mother refused and instead sought out experimental play therapy and later helped establish one of North Carolina's first group homes for people with autism.

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