A Toronto teen with autism has become an online sensation after he inspired the internet with his story and his dance moves.
On Friday, a video of a teenager named Sam was posted to Facebook and YouTube by Carly Fleischmann, a woman with autism who works to combat misconceptions about the condition.
In the description, Fleischmann explained that Sam was diagnosed with autism and a movement disorder, which makes it very hard for him to keep his body still. When Sam was offered a job at Starbucks, he reportedly told his parents that his life had â€śreal meaning.â€ť
â€śSam never thought he would be able to work behind the bar but his manager Chris believed in him,â€ť she wrote. â€śThey turned his movements into dance and now Sam is known as the dancing barista. More people like Sam need to be seen and heard.â€ť
Watch the video above to see Samâ€™s awesome dance moves.
According to the YouTube post, it took Sam and his manager Chris many hours of practice for the teen to do what he can do now. â€śIf it wasn't for Chris believing in Sam he would [have] never believed in himself,â€ť Fleischmann wrote.
Since going viral, the video of the teen has touched the hearts of many. On Facebook, one woman wrote: â€śI love this story! Through understanding and acceptance, something that might have seemed like a hindrance to some employers has become his strength.â€ť
â€śI want to shop where the people behind the counter are happy and dancing,â€ť she continued. â€śIt gives hope to all us parents of ASD children that by the time they grow up, this attitude might be the norm.â€ť