How lego made the day of a young boy with Aspergers

Its rare to see such touching images as you will see in this video. A young boy who saved ALL his pocket money for 2 YEARS for the Lego set he always dreamed of, only to be told that it was no longer in stock.


http://youtu.be/4xGU-5KVS_g

 

Its great to see such inspiring behavior on the part of Lego.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

 

  • Jinn says:

    Totally brilliant! Well done Lego! There ARE some amazing people in the world after all – and I wonder if the person who instigated this is an aspie? I am, so I really do empathise with the boy’s frustration and also with the elation he feels when he is able to achieve his dream. I hope more companies take note.
    I also find the post about the health worker interesting. This illustrates the lack of awareness on the part of some ‘professionals’ – which my son and I have also experienced in the past. We are both ‘high functioning’ and I have also tailored my career and business to my interests and talents. However, people still need to be aware that our brains function in a different way to the ‘mainstream’ and that there may be hidden difficulties or hidden brilliance in equal proportions.

  • Fantastic outcome and reminds me of a time in saw the power of lego with my son.

    Picture the frustration in a healh care worker trying to assess my son by getting him to build a tower of blocks. 

    He’d build two or three high and knock them over.

    No higher the health care worker would say.

    Same result from my son aged 4.

    More encouragement and frustration from health worker who abandoned the assessment saying my son was impossible and significantly handicapped. 

    Wrong task, i said,

    Pardon says the health worker

    Your asking my son to do the wrong task.

    Health worker exclaimed i know what im doing, ive blah, blah blah experianced and qualifications – can you do any better.

    Yeh ill give it a shot – son hears your lego junior set – use your imagination.
     
    Quick as a flash hes pushed the blocks aside and the knocked up a set of lego space ships and describing all the functions in relation to the thunderbirds, his obsession at the time.

    I turn to a flabbergasted health worker – see wrong task but the again i dont have all your blah blah blah.

    However,  i do know my son and he takes after his dad putting together things more complex than the space shuttle when your still trying to stack blocks!

    More flummoxed health worker but i bet you dont use lego in your work place.

    Yeh actually i do to explain complex geometry or processes in a 3d visualisation with out the need for complex vitrual reality constructs to help the block stakers as i can do it all in my head – why what would you suggest i use – you cant even get a 4 yr old to stack blocks never-mind build a space ship.

    I close out and suggest you quit while your ahead – aspyrgers at work here but we dont expect you to be able to keep up.  

    To which the health worker storms out – screening they’ve never been so insulted.

    Yeh again perhaps you aint met a couple of high fuctioning aspys before – you have a nice day now.

    My son career aspiration – to be lego design inventor.

    Thats my boy and thanks to lego for the power of imagination and creativity and making kids dreams come true. 

    Steve

    Ps found a little joy to wash the drepression away.

  • Timothy Walsh says:

    James reads and writes very well for a ten-year-old boy. I took down the Lego advisor’s letter by dictation. A few of the words may be wrong, but here is the gist of it.

    Dear James,

    We are always thrilled to hear from our Lego fans. You truly have a passion and joy for Lego. I am amazed at how many sets you have at only ten years old. I’m a very big Lego fan myself and enjoy the same sets you do. We received your letter here at Consumer Services and we were very touched by your determination. The Emerald Night Train is a wonderful set; so we can understand why it is your dream to own it. I commend your willpower and patience to save money for over two years just to purchase this set. It is very evident that no other set can make you happier. We can understand how disappointing it must have been to find that it has been discontinued.

    Due to your passion for Lego and your heart-warming letter, we knew we had to go above and beyond to make this a reality. We have located an Emerald Night Train for you, James, and included it in this package. I’m sure that you will enjoy building it and cherish your time playing with the train. We are excited to know that we could help make this dream come true for you. Now there will be no more sadness or disappointment when you think about it, just happiness. We hope you continue to love to build and create with Lego. Fans like you are why we are so lucky as a company. Who knows? Maybe you will be working for the Lego group one day. You certainly have the heart and passion for our work to do so. Happy building, James!

    Sincerely,

    Mega, Consumer Services Advisor

  • graham keeton says:

    wow just wow just how totally brilliant this video is it shows that there are some trully wonderful people eh for the person at lego to actully read the little boys letter and then make his dream come true eh just so wonderful

  • Bruno Cabral says:

    Please add the transcript of Lego letter to us that cannot understand spoken english but can read…

  • Brett Lyndon says:

    I Know how this kid feels, not fully diagonesed yet, but the famialy and doc are pretty confident I’m aspergess.I am 35 and when I get over a bad streatch just when I start to come good I tend to go on shopping sprees.Last year I descovered mega bloks Halo, Skylanders and world of war craft and managed to spend $350 in one night on internet and over the next 2 weeks another $650 in eb games on megabloks this usally happens after I get realy bad and down then just as I start to recover the shopping sprees start this can be a major problem when tring to manage money

    • David Emmons says:

      I am glad there are some good people out there. I was isolated, withdrawn, depressed, . My family never cared. I am little older than 35. I have asperger’s , bipolar, ADHD, OCD,
      Things got worse for me. The mental health wrongly diagnosed me. I applied for jobs. Center took 5 years to refer me to Rehab. I had counselors to talk to others during my time. I got no help in relating to people. Hard to when even family abandons me.
      I had people to cheat and steal from me. I had gotten no help managing money.
      Family said did not care if I became homeless.
      The mental health always made a excuse . I could not achieve with being severely withdrawn. I know if I had support, or case manager I would not have fallen.
      I am going thru bankruptcy.
      This video was good showing the decency of man. I have rarely seen that.

  • Pat Valente says:

    Thank God LEGO for one is still here to help make someone very happy! I remember LEGO from 40 years ago as a teenager when I babysat young children! People with autism have a very difficult time adjusting to changes, or worse yet, to items going obsolete due to lack of funding. I for one am tired of reading or hearing about the manufacturers’ or corporates’ excuses for companies’ saving money to line the rich management people’s pockets. PV

  • Janine says:

    What a VERY touching video, a real tear jerker. I think I will get LEGO’S for my autistic nephew. Lego’s has had our love and loyalty for many decades as all family has been raised on them. Thank you Lego’s and thank you to James’ family for the video.

  • Tiny Flower says:

    Hello,
    That video brought tears to my eyes.
    I’m not a native English speaker. I can read English pretty well, but I’m having a hard time understanding what the boy is reading in the video. What did the letter from Lego exactly say?

  • Vicki says:

    I knew there was a reason I loved lego’s so much. So glad to see the corporate greed hasn’t hit lego’s. And the letter was just awesome!
    Kudo’s to the company and the one who wrote such a nice letter to the boy.

  • Started crying early on in this very touching share. With all the uncaring decisions that abound in this crazy, greed-driven world we’ve created this corporation helps tip the balance back toward a caring world for me. Thank you LEGO!

  • mark says:

    a heart warming story

  • mum says:

    How touching and heart warming.
    So touching to see this young boy’s dreams come true.
    What a beautifully written letter by the Lego representative too 🙂

  • Don R. Holloway says:

    God bless LEGO for making this boy so happy. I loved the video so much. I don’t know who the boy in the green shirt was, but he was beautiful. Thank you for sharing this video.

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