More Than You Hoped For: The Unexpected Joy Of Raising An Autistic Playwright
By Sharon Hart, M.A. with quotes by Jaison Hart
Would you like to know the story behind the play?
The book begins when Jaison stands up in the middle of a full production of his first play and walks out of the theater. Sharon flashes back to the events that led up to his unexpected exit. She recalls how the challenges of raising a son with severe autism brought her to the abyss of despair. She remembers when Jaison was 10 years old, how she put a keyboard in Jaison’s lap for the first time, and how with her gentle support Jaison is eventually able to type and communicate effectively. However, Jaison’s success gets interrupted when he develops scoliosis and needs a full back spinal fusion that could result in paralysis.
Faced with intense loss, Sharon listens to a wise sage who suggests that she approach the emptiness and despair, she fears with a quiet mind. She expects to find unending agony, but instead discovers a soaring reservoir of strength and peace. Sharon realizes that joy is not as dependent on circumstances.
The poetic brilliance of Jaison’s words and his imagination inspire a community to see autism differently.