Jeff and Karen Katz’ oldest son Nate was born on August 30, 1990. Beautiful, smart, able to read at 3 years old, there was something clearly something off this boy. He babbled continuously, a steady stream of quotes from Disney videos and his favorite books. There was no voluntary speech. He rarely looked into the eyes of his parents. Jeff and Karen were at sea, troubled and unsure, heartbroken at the thought there was a problem. No one offered sound advice until a chance article in Karen’s hometown newspaper pointed them to hyperlexia, a disorder on the autism spectrum.
Through years of dedication, perseverance and an unyielding insistence that Nate could achieve much, Jeff and Karen, along with Nate’s brothers and a support group of teachers, aides, therapists and others, have worked with Nate to get him where he is today.
And where is that? Nate is a college graduate who has had an art gallery show in Manhattan and is starting a business based on his own designs, called Alpha Folks.