Thursday, January 19, 2012

Jose` Henriquez

Autism Light #130 is Jose` Henriquez.

Jose` Henriquez is an evangelical preacher from Chile. He survived the mining disaster in Chile in 2010 and was also known as Miner #24. Jose` Henriquez is an Autism Light because he shared a hope with the autism community on World Autism Sunday in 2011 that their would be a light at the end of the tunnel just like there was for him and 32 other men who were trapped for 69 days in the Chile mine disaster before they were rescued. Jose` Henriquez becomes the first Autism Light from the continent of South America.

Mining Rescue: The Chile Mining Disaster in 2010 was an inspirational story of 33 lives being saved even though they were trapped in a mine for 69 days. The following is a video of Jose` Henriquez being rescued from the mine.

Autism Sunday: While he was touring the United Kingdom, Jose` Henriquez gave words of hope on February 13, 2011 for Autism Sunday (this day is also known as the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Aspergers Syndrome). The message was directed at all parents and carers of children and adults with autism. Jose` Henriquez said:
All you parents with autistic children may feel at times that you are just like being down a mine. God gave me and my fellow miners a real hope and He wants to give that to you (Source). 
Autism Ribbons Presented to Jose` Henriquez: An article at I Love Chile shares about when during his tour of the United Kingdom, Jose received Autism Ribbons from Ivan Corea, the founder of Autism Sunday.

Other Information: More information on the Chile mining disaster and rescue can be read at these links:
Special thanks to Jose` Henriquez for being an Autism Light and using your story of surviving the mine to wish hope and blessings for the autism community. May your strength, story, and message bring the autism community encouragement.

Autism Light honors diverse heroes to the world of autism.

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