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Introduction to series: Victoria man confronts a lifetime of autism

By JR Ortega
Dec. 3, 2011 at 6:03 a.m.

Arnold Davis Jr., 24, wanders through the DVD section in Best Buy. Arnold loves DVDs and movies. His mother, Monica Davis, said "He can search for DVDs for hours in Target or Best Buy. We let him go look and whenever he is done, he calls me to come get him." Arnold has mid-level autism which gives him some independence. He is able to do basic chores at home and spend time by himself without supervision.

Arnold Davis Jr. patrols the aisles of Target, paying particular attention to the electronics section.

He can spend hours in this section, and he has the collection of DVDs and TV show series to prove it.

He also can spend hours watching these, and this could be a problem.

His mother, Monica Davis, wants her autistic son to be active in the community, as he was before they moved to Victoria.

But in almost three years, this hasn't happened, and Davis' mother worries her 24-year-old son may have to live his lifetime one step behind, instead of being all he can be.

The final part of the "Missing Pieces" autism series looks at one adult and the struggles of growing old with autism. For the final installment of the in-depth report, please click here.

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