As a teenager back in the 90’s, Giovani Ragazzon was in the car with his brother and friends – they were going to one of the boys’ father’s funeral. After noticing how quiet everyone was and how sad they looked, he thought about how strange the situation seemed. In an attempt to cheer them up, he began to tell jokes. His brother was so embarrassed he asked him to stop and said:
Man, what is your problem? Can’t you see how sad we all are?
He was known as “that clueless kid” who was a little bit weird, but kind-hearted. That’s what he heard people say about him after he jumped out of the second-floor window instead of going through the front door, or when he broke his arm when jumping from a moving swing. Giovani was described that way by his family and classmates, who didn’t know back then that those behaviors were, in fact, characteristics of the autism spectrum he’d be diagnosed with decades later