Spencer Timme is asked again and again, over and over, “What’s it like to have a brother with autism?” Here’s his answer:

“Not one person understands him the way I do. Our bond is strong. He is the most important person to me. I’ll always protect him. He is, my brother.”

“Mitchel is a special human being. I don’t mean it because he is autistic, I mean it because he is one of a kind. He never ceases to amaze me.”

“He can draw, cook, type, sing, surf, dance. He can pretty much do it all. But that’s not the main reason why I think he’s special. He has this ability to make everyone around him happy. My family, my friends he meets, the people at the rec center he attends, his workplace, and especially me. He makes me a better person. He has taught me to find the joy in the little things. He has taught me patience, understanding, and perspective.”