Welcome!

Welcome to Tommy’s website!  We’re so glad you came.

On this site you will learn more about Tommy!  We’ll share videos from Tommy’s YouTube channel “lookyus” and keep you up to date about all the exciting things Tommy is up to in his life including: training as a para-athlete, traveling to Disney, and hanging out with his guide dog Adel, friends and family.

You can also say hi to Tommy at his  Facebook Page!  He loves Facebook and enjoys chatting.

 

Why “Autism Means Friendship”?:

When Tommy was about 18, he asked his mom, “What is Autism?”  Because Tommy had heard and read the word Autism his whole life, she asked “What do YOU think Autism means?”  Tommy thought for a moment, then said “Autism means friendship.” Nothing could be more true, for Tommy.

Tommy’s Autism has brought many friends to him, and each other, from all over the world.  Friends drawn to his enthusiasm for life and friendly acceptance of everyone.  Friends reaching out to him and sharing laughter, fun, caring and kindness. Whether you have just met Tommy or have known him a long time, Tommy is happy to call you his friend!

We hope you enjoy exploring Tommy’s website!   If you have questions, you can contact us on Twitter, Facebook, or write us at info@autismmeansfriendship.com

Tommy T-shirts:

If you wish to buy a T-shirt to support Tommy, click here to take you to the T-shirt page!

Here’s what’s new:

May 2014: Tommy completed his first Marathon on Sunday, May 25 at the Ottawa Race Weekend, in a fantastic time of 2:39:12, smiling all the way.  He was interviewed at the finish line by lots of reporters, and gave great interviews.  His first words when the microphones and cameras were pointed to him were “I have sensational news!”  And indeed, it was sensational news :) He placed 28th overall of 7,000, 21st overall male, 10th Canadian male, 3rd in his age category, and was the 1st Ottawa resident!  But mostly, he had fun and inspired people near and far :)

It seems like today is a perfect day to share Tommy’s “First Fastest Runner” song once again. Enjoy!

Here is a link to the story the CBC ran about Tommy:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/tommy-des-brisay-a-young-runner-with-autism-finishes-first-marathon-1.2652394

And here is an awesome story that appeared in the Ottawa Sun:

Ottawa’s Tommy Des Brisay proves an inspiration to all

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Tim Baines

BY  ,OTTAWA SUN

FIRST POSTED: | UPDATED:

“I’m going to be the fastest runner in the world.”

- Tommy Des Brisay

It is great to dream, to set goals. Maybe you accomplish the goal, maybe you don’t. But you try.

Flashing a brilliant smile with a glint in his eyes, Tommy Des Brisay, in his first marathon, crossed the finish line on Sunday in 28th place out of more than 7,000 runners.

It was a brilliant debut, timed in 2:39:21 — basically 2 1/2 hours.

It was also one of the feel-good stories of Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

His parents were told when he was five years old that Tommy may never effectively speak.

But he speaks … and he runs … and he loves Disney … and there’s so much more to the story. Tommy, 22, a graduate of the Ottawa Tech and a member of the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club, is autistic. After Sunday’s race, he headed straight to his Autism Assistance Dog Guide, Adel.

The decision was made five days before the race to enter the marathon instead of the half-marathon.

“It would have turned out his half time would have brought him in during a crowded marathon’s finish time,” said his mother MaryAnn. “We try to manage his autism. This was a far less crowded finish and start, the show shebang.

“The difficulty is you can’t ask Tommy exactly what he wants to do. He communicates — just not in the details. He doesn’t have strategy. More than anything, he’s just running for the love of it.”

He was helped through the marathon by a training partner, Joe Boland, who urged him on through the first five and last five km.

Boland called Tommy “amazing, he talks almost the whole way.”

Tommy remembers the first time he went running.

“I walked and ran 3 km with my dad Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006, when he was 44 and I was 14,” he said.

“It’s something he finds satisfying,” said the father, Peter, whose first marathon was this same race — 30 years ago. “Sports issn’t for everybody, for Tommy his thing was athletics. It’s the running environment. He trains mostly with the university kids. It’s an open and friendly environment. For him, that’s really the attraction. He likes athletics and athletic people like him.

“For somebody just trying it for the first time, he didn’t seem to have any trouble until, like anybody, the last four km or so, he couldn’t turn it over anymore. How can you possibly complain? It was wonderful. He had a big smile on his face right to the finish.”

Tommy has found his happy place — actually plenty of them.

“It’s a partnership,” said Peter. “Parents have to work with their kids to try and find what they’re interested in and what allows them to shine and be happy and find a place in society and life.”

Tommy keeps busy with rock climbing, kayaking, cross-country skiing along with running. But he’s also an artist and a storyteller and he’s very active on Facebook.

He’s also got a huge hit of a You Tube channel, with five million views — Autism Means Friendship, because as MaryAnn explained, “That’s how Tommy defines autism.”

Tommy is also a huge Disney fan.

“His favourites are the classics, so he’ll usually say his favourite is Jungle Book,” said Peter. “He’s Mowgli and I’m Papa Bear, Baloo.”

“He dances with princesses, he marries Cinderella’s stepsister, he does things,” said MaryAnn. “He’s an interesting guy in terms of his social media usage. He’s stronger in the written word than in the spoken word. So he uses Facebook all day long and he’s got friends all over the world.”

An amazing story — maybe the first chapter in a book about a future marathon champion.

Tim.baines@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @timcbaines

Canadian Running Magazine ran a story about Tommy in their April/May 2014 edition!  Here is is:

Canadian Running Magazine article

Tommy was interviewed by Kathleen Kelly of specialmouse.com

Here is the podcast of the interview!

Autism Means Friendship with Tommy Des Brisay! 031

 on March 30, 2014

Elite Paralympic Athlete and YouTube sensation, Tommy Des Brisay (and his mom) join Kathy to kick off Autism Awareness Month on the Special Mouse podcast. We discuss Tommy’s autism and his lifelong love of Disney, his service dog, Adele, and his Disney’s Frozen meet ‘n greet video that got over one million views on YouTube!

Tommy with Anna and Elsa

Tommy is an accomplished athlete with Autism from Ottawa, Canada. He has an Autism Assistance Dog guide, Adel. He trains with the Ottawa Lions. Tommy’s Personal Bests are: 1500m 4:23 3000m 9:21 5k- 16:32 10k- 33:54 Half Marathon 1:14:56. A T-20 (Intellectual Disability) Para-Athlete, he’s training towards competing at the Paralympic and World level. Tommy’s also a Nordic skier, kayaker, rock climber, sailor, horserider, swimmer, canoeist and mountain biker. He loves Disney, YouTube, and Facebook. Tommy could read/type words before he began to speak at about age seven. The subtitles of Disney movies helped him develop language. Tommy inspires through his determination and enthusiasm! The YouTube channel lookyus educates about Autism and allows viewers to appreciate all that a person with Autism has to share with others.

Here are the two videos mentioned during the podcast:

“Frozen” Characters Anna & Elsa meet Tommy in Norway
Olaf “In Summer” Parody: The First Fastest Runner

Thanks, Kathleen, for a great interview and story :)

The Ottawa Citizen ran a story about Tommy in October, 2013.  Here it is:

Friday » March 7 » 2014
Ottawa’s own ‘first fastest runner’
Tommy Des Brisay isn’t letting autism get in the way of athletic accomplishments
Martin Cleary
Ottawa Citizen
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tommy Des Brisay, right, is accompanied by his father, Peter, during a training run. Peter Des Brisay acts as a guide for his son during competition.
CREDIT: Chris Mikula, Ottawa Citizen
Tommy Des Brisay, right, is accompanied by his father, Peter, during a training run. Peter Des Brisay acts as a guide for his son during competition.

The hand-drawn stick figures stencilled on the white and black T-shirt are so revealing. In an instant, you’re introduced to the happy, achieving side of Tommy Des Brisay, a charming yet complex character trapped by autism, but temporarily set free by his athleticism.

The nine drawings reflect the interests of the handsome 21-year-old, a longtime social media addict and lover of all things Disney, especially the movies, which have helped him with speech development and his interactive skills.

The rudimentary creations on Tommy’s T-shirt show him running, paddling, skiing, biking, hugging his third guide dog, Adel, riding, singing, dancing and cheering. Anchored on the bottom of the shirt is his website address: autismmeansfriendship.com.

Three years ago, Tommy asked his mother, MaryAnn Given: “What is autism?” He was curious, having heard the word used so much in conversation. She deflected the question and asked for his definition. He thought and said: “Autism is friendship.” In his case, he makes a good case for that definition.

Technically, autism is a complex disorder of brain development, affecting communication skills and interaction with others. As a result, Tommy has difficulty speaking and understanding, recognizing faces and alerting people about injuries. He can be unpredictable, frustrated, anxious and needs one-on-one attention all the time. However, judging by Tommy’s more than 1,000 Facebook friends, Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club teammates who embrace him as one of them on and off the track, and thousands of people he has run with in road races, there’s a lot to be said for autism means friendship.

No wonder stick-figure Tommy is smiling and happy in every one of the characters he drew for his T-shirt, especially the first one.

It shows him running. For someone who needs constant attention, has been known to require long, unscheduled marathon walks late at night and calls himself the First Fastest Runner in the World, can he ever run quickly and successfully.

During six years on the Ottawa road-racing scene, Des Brisay has been a regular medallist. In the past three years, he has developed into an overall race champion not once, but seven times. He’s also a national champion in paddling and a world champion in dragon boat racing.

Ever since his introduction to running on a trail in Kanata at age 14 with his father, Peter, a national cross-country ski team member in the 1980s, the then 190-pound Tommy has dedicated himself to training and running, making it part of his obsessive compulsive disorder routine.

When the start gun sounds to begin a race, he goes and goes and goes. Noted for his square-shouldered and arm pumping running style, he follows a fast, consistent and never-tiring pace. There’s a happy look on his face as he conquers each kilometre. At the end, he’s looks as refreshed as when he started. What he doesn’t fully understand is strategy: when to increase speed, how long to stay with other runners or to sprint.

“He’s running blind, but he’s not blind,” Peter Des Brisay says about Tommy’s one-dimensional approach. Over time, Tommy has become a more complete runner, just as his communication skills have significantly improved. Three years ago, he was unable to answer a reporter’s questions, but now he can express himself during a more lucid interview. Tommy was diagnosed with autism at 2½ years of age and was non-verbal until seven, but he could read and type words before he could speak.

During Ottawa-area road races, he has been known to giggle as he passes tiring racers, not out of disrespect for them, but rather reflecting his own inner happiness. As he methodically motors along, he’ll tell his bicycle-riding father, who serves as his guide, that he’s creating Disney-type stories in his mind.

That’s natural. At home, he has dictated several hundred stories to his mother, written many and had them secured in numerous binders. Most, if not all, have a Disney character theme. Tommy fell in love with Disney and animation ever since his family’s first visit to Orlando, Florida, in 2009.

Tommy, who graduated from the Ottawa Technical Secondary School autism program in 2012 and now is observing and taking notes in a University of Ottawa physical geography class, plans to finish a productive road racing season by running the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon on Nov. 9, but there could be a problem. His father hasn’t been cleared to ride the course and serve as his guide. The search for a fast guide runner to shadow Tommy hasn’t been successful. Tommy set a personal-best half-marathon time of one hour 14 minutes 58.9 seconds on Sept. 22, when he placed fifth in the Canada Army Run. He also finished fifth in the 2010 Army Run in 1:18:04.9. In both cases, he won his age category, adding to an extensive collection of medals, ribbons and plaques.

On Thanksgiving Monday, Tommy won the Chelsea Challenge 10-kilometre race in 34:40. It was his third overall road-race victory of the season, the others being the Day Before Mother’s Day Half Marathon five-kilometre test and the Wakefield Covered Bridge Run 10-kilometre race. So why has Tommy been able to score at least seven career first-place finishes, three seconds, six thirds and three fourthor fifth-place results since Canada Day 2008? “Because I am energetic,” states Tommy, who this season also was second in the Glen Tay Block Race at Perth in 53:11 for 15 kilometres, and third in the Xerox 10-kilometre race through the Arboretum in 35:22.2. “I don’t seem to get tired. I’m fast and I’m getting faster. I enjoy all the training and I want to be the first fastest runner in the world. I give 1-0-0 (100 per cent).”

While Peter has served as Tommy’s competitive race guide, his mother has chronicled his active life, producing hundreds of You-Tube videos and writing a blog on his website. Tommy’s You Tube channel, which is youtube.com/user/lookyus, surpassed one million views in July. “Tommy is inspiring and breaking peoples’ misconceptions about what (autistic) people can and can’t do,” she says. “He works hard to be an athlete.”

“What’s perfect for him is anything athletic,” Peter says.

Tommy tried to qualify for the 2012 Paralympics in London in the T20 (intellectual disability) class, but he was unable to meet the fast qualifying time criteria for his category’s only race, the 1,500 metres. On the heels of winning the 1,500-metre T20 gold medal in this year’s Canadian track and field championships at Moncton, he hopes to represent Canada in the 2016 Paralympics at Rio de Janeiro.

Even if he can’t make the grade on the track, maybe he’ll reach the Games on the water, with canoe/kayak making its Paralympic debut at Rio in 2016. Tommy, who competes for the Rideau Canoe Club, won the men’s T20 open 200-metre kayak solo race gold medal in the 2011 and 2012 Canadian canoe and kayak championships and was second this season. Running and paddling are only two of his activities, though. He’s involved in therapeutic riding, rock climbing, swimming, tandem-bike cycling, cooking and cross-country skiing, even qualifying for the Ontario high school championships in that sport three times. “He’s driven by his own agenda,” Given says. “He loved to climb and he ran full tilt. He was born to be a runner.”

Martin Cleary’s High Achievers column appears bi-weekly on Wednesdays. If you know an athlete, coach, team or builder you consider a high achiever, contact Martin at martincleary51@gmail.com.

© Ottawa Citizen 2013
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Tommy’s channel is on its way to 5,000,000 views!

When it hit 500,000, 1,000,000, 2,500,000, and 3,000,000 views, Tommy sang songs!  The links are below.  Thank you so much to all of Tommy’s friends and viewers.  We appreciate it very much!

500,000 views:

1,000,000 views:

2,500,000 views

3,000,000 views

Tommy T-shirts:

If you wish to buy a T-shirt to support Tommy, click here to take you to the T-shirt page! Tommy T-shirts are available in new colours!

 

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44 comments on “Welcome!

  1. chris flegg on said:

    I only found the videos of Tommy today, i dont know why i hadnt seen them before, but hey! I am from the UK, and i am a little confused about the guide dog? what benefit does it bring for Tommy? Keep up the great work Tommy, and everyone around too! x

    • Hi Chris, This is Tommy’s mom, MaryAnn :) Nice to meet you! There is a page on this website which explains more about Adel’s role as Tommy’s Autism Guide Dog. Check it out :)

  2. Robert Hull on said:

    I recently watched Tommy’s Wine and Dine half marathon video. What an inspiration. I ran the race also, but 25 minutes slower. As a runner, watching Tommy gives me motivation and reminds me what the sport is truly about. I hope that Tommy runs the 2014 Wine and Dine. Thinking of him will certainly push me to be as fast as I can. Thanks for sharing Tommy’s run!

    • Hi Robert,
      Thanks so much for your message! Congratulations to you too on your half marathon run! You had a great finishing time, too! Tommy will probably run the Disney Marathon in January 2015. So you probably won’t see him at the Wine and Dine Half Marathon in 2014. Will you be at the Marathon weekend in Jan 2015?
      Best wishes to you and good luck with your training! Keep up the great work :)
      -Tommy’s mom, MaryAnn

  3. I just discovered Tommy’s youtube channel today. He really lightened my day so much. Not just my day but he really inspired me. I ended up watching all his disney videos. I can’t even express it but it’s amazing how it only took one video to absolutely fall in love with Tommy. I wish him the best in everything he ever does. I hope he enjoyed frozen-going back to see it again this week :)

    • Hi Leanne,

      Thank you so much for writing! This is Tommy’s mom, MaryAnn. We are so glad you came across Tommy’s YouTube videos, and so happy that you like them! Thank you for your kind words. We wish you the best in everything as well. Have a magical day! :)

  4. Ryan Constable on said:

    Hi tommy is ryanconstable I have adhd I found you on your YouTube channel

  5. Julian on said:

    Hi Tommy! I hope you read this comment. I discovered your YouTube channel not so long ago. And now you got a new friend from Indonesia. Do you know where it is? I’d like you to know that your videos have entertain people from the other side of the globe. I love your videos. They make me happy. They even inspire me! Oh, and I too have a mild autism. In school I used to spaced out and speak to myself, even now I still walk about miming things to myself. Right now, I actually use my very active imagination in my job. So keep making videos and keep entertaining us. Can’t wait for your next video!

    • Hi Julian :) This is Tommy’s mom, MaryAnn. Tommy has read your comment and was very happy! We are so glad to hear from you, and so happy that you have found a job where you can use your imagination! Thanks for writing to us, and for your kind words. We are so excited to know that Tommy has viewers all around the world, from as far away as Indonesia! We really hope that someday Tommy will take a huge trip around the world to meet all the viewers, like you, who have reached out to him. It would be amazing to meet you, and make a film about Tommy’s journey to meet you :) Have a great day. <3

  6. Randy Moore on said:

    Tommy, I just stumbled across one of your YouTube videos a couple of days ago. Since then, I’ve watched a lot of your other ones too. I’ve enjoyed seeing your many adventures and your absolutely infectious personality. I am the father of 4 children. One of our sons is autistic. His name is Jonathan and he is 16 years old. Seeing how your family interacts with each other and the world around you offers comfort to me as I ponder about the future for Jonathan.

    Mr. and Mrs. Des Brisay, It has been a real pleasure to watch some of the YouTube videos you’ve made with Tommy. I believe seeing them will help me as I interact with my own son. With the growing public knowledge of autism available today, having an autistic child is so much more ‘normal’ than those families of previous generations. Thank you (and Tommy!) for sharing how wonderful life can be, despite what could be seen as an adversity.

    • Hello, Randy. Your message has touched us very much, in such a heartfelt way. This is MaryAnn, Tommy’s mom. Please call us MaryAnn and Peter :) It was so kind of you to write, and so wonderful to hear how Tommy’s videos have reached you. Your son Jonathan is at a wonderful age, at 16. So much is possible for him, and so many beautiful things lie ahead for him, and your family. We have found that Tommy has changed in so many interesting ways since he was 16. There is always joy, and progress, and new learning. It is truly beautiful how the world is starting to embrace autism. We are so glad that Tommy’s videos are part of a new awareness of autism in the world. Your son Jonathan has a great future in store for him. Yes, the road will be challenging, as will ours with Tommy. But it is a road filled with adventure, surprises, and love. Always love. Hugs from our family to yours <3 Thanks for your message of support. Please join us on Facebook too! Hope to meet you someday. oxoxoxo

  7. Matthew Gutierrez on said:

    Hi tommy my name is matthew gutierrez I am a 9th grade freshman in high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico . I saw your youtube video and i visited your website im very honored that your supporting autism like this and i do a small newspaper I was wonderig if I can interview you for my newspaper . I will see if i can purchase a T-Shirt once i save the money to do so

    • Hi Matthew,

      This is Tommy’s mom, MaryAnn. Thank you so much for your kind words and message. Tommy would love to be interviewed for your newspaper. Facebook is a great way to contact us, as is our website. Look forward to hearing from you!

      • Matthew gutierrez on said:

        mary ann its so nice to hear from you can u guys contact me via email I put it in the form for this message its easier for me to respond that way I do work and my boss allows me to contact on email as it is easier . Tommy is such a neat kid I think he’s the coolest . I also have autism I have ADHD but im shy to show it to everyone what advice does tommy have for me

  8. Jessica on said:

    Hello Tommy!
    Just stopping in to say you are awesome <3

  9. Mack R. Whittier on said:

    Tommy is so cool and he really makes me happy to see that he lives a normal life and that he is always happy, and that he loves sports. I personally know what it’s like to have a autistic friend because I’ve known the person sense kindergarten. Tommy I hope you have a great year and I hope to hear from you:) my email is honorlives99@gmail.com
    Mack from Maine

    • admin on said:

      Hi Mack, This is Tommy’s mom, MaryAnn :) Thanks so much for this wonderful message. We are happy to know that you have an autistic friend. Hope your friendship continues to grow. Best wishes to you both, and thanks for saying hi! -MaryAnn

  10. David Pope on said:

    Hello Tommy and family.
    My name is David and I’m 18 and from England. I recently discovered your YouTube channel and I love it! I have watched nearly all your videos of you meeting Disney characters. I myself, love Disney and last year I visited Disneyland Paris for the first time and it was incredible. Captain Jack Sparrow had sailed over so I was able to meet him! I have to say Tommy, you’re an amazing person and very inspiring as you always seem so cheerful and joyful. I would love to go to Disneyland etc in America one day and hopefully meet you. That would be incredible! Thanks for the awesome channel and keep up the good work and the running!

    From David

    • Hi David,

      This is MaryAnn, Tommy’s mom! Thank you so much for writing to us. That’s exciting that you got to go to Disneyland Paris! And that Captain Jack Sparrow was there. Tommy has an aunt living in Paris, so someday maybe Tommy will get a chance to go there! We hope that you can make it to Disneyland or Disney World someday. It would be really fun to meet you! Thank you for your very kind words, we’re so very glad you enjoy Tommy’s videos and channel!

      Have a magical day, MaryAnn

  11. Hi Tommy! I’m Guusje, I’am 14 years old and i’am from the Netherlands(Holland). I love your videos a lot! I think you inspire a lot of people with everything you do. If i’am watching one of your videos I become happy! You are so sweet and happy and you know a lot about Disney! I think your mother is a very sweet and considerate person!
    Bye bye and a hug,
    from Guusje :)

  12. Jon Turner on said:

    That is really amazing to see. I too am diagnosed with autism — Aspberger’s Syndrome, to be exact. I had a very difficult time learning to be sociable with other people AND how to make friends. It’s a miracle that I was able to learn both over the last twenty-something years of my life. And now as I near the end of my 31st year, I look bak and reflect on how far I’ve come as an adult.

    Learning about others having similar problems and how they learn to cope with them is similarly inspiring. I have decided to try to be as nice and kind to everyone as I can, and I find it very touching and beautiful to read about someone who has learned to cope with it. Best wishes to you, Tommy. You’ve REALLY come a long way.

    • Hi Jon, This is Tommy’s mom, MaryAnn :) Your message means so much to us. We understand so well how much effort it takes, and how determined a person with Autism must be to find their way in the world. It is so encouraging to hear that you continue to make progress well into your adult life, and I think many families and individuals with Autism find hope in knowing that learning is lifelong, and that people like yourself and Tommy can have happiness, success, and a joyful life with Autism. Thanks for writing. Best wishes to you too! Please say hi on Tommy’s Facebook page if you use Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tommydesbrisay.autismmeansfriendship

      Yours in Autism,
      MaryAnn

  13. Christopher Yagodzinski on said:

    Hello Tommy my name is Christopher Yagodzinski and I have been subscribed to your YouTube channel for sometime now. I have Asperger syndrome which is a type of autism. I also have Attention Deficit disorder also known as ADD. I enjoy the videos on your channel. I make stories of friendship between the two most unlikely of characters. The two characters are Tillie from the 1991 version of The Little Engine That Could and Merida from the Disney/Pixar movie Brave. The story started when Merida was reborn into the 21st century. She soon befriends Tillie and later on Merida is adopted into Tillie’s family. The stories are somewhat based off of a real life friendship I have with my oldest and closest friend named Joey. Here is a link to the picture of Tillie, Merida, and their friends having an excellent time together.

    http://hot293wildcat.deviantart.com/gallery/43110291

    • Hi Christopher,

      So great to hear from you here! We love your stories and drawings. Thanks for sharing your link. Thanks for being a friend to Tommy :)

      MaryAnn

  14. admin on said:

    Hello friends of Tommy,

    Tommy and his family are always so happy to hear from his viewers! Please leave a comment if you visited his site, and we will be sure to reply :)

    Have a magical day!

  15. Tommy, so very cool! I saw your story on the blog post by Kiara…..You’re quite the young man! Keep
    up the good fight and know that many of us also love Disney! I myself, at 50ish years old
    LOVE the characters!

    I’ll be in Disney World in August….I’ll be looking for ya! And if you aren’t there, I’ll say hello to the
    characters for you!

    • admin on said:

      Hey Dan, This is Tommy’s mom, MaryAnn :) I’m 50ish too, and Disney brings a smile to my face every time!!! I don’t think Tommy will be at Disney in August, but definitely say hi from him to whoever you meet! Thanks for your sweet message :)

  16. Jasmin Rivera on said:

    Hi Tommy & Des Brisay family! I just so happened to stumble upon one of your YouTube videos and it put a bigger smile on my face than something has in a longggg time. Tommy is such an inspiration and his happiness is truly infectious! Huge love from me here in Florida. I’m going to Disney on Saturday and I will definitely be keeping Tommy in mind while I’m there! :)

  17. Sam wilket on said:

    What was Tommy’s first words if u remember

    • admin on said:

      He waved and said “Dye Dye” trying to say bye bye :) Only occasionally. His first words were fleeting, they would happen but then disappear for a long time, years even. He also made sounds, beginning in his preschool years, like animal sounds, and “Whee!!” was one of his early words. He would say it when going down a slide, etc. It is still one of his favorite words :) He also said “Go” “Up” “Hot” and a few other words, very very occasionally. He babbled but he didn’t say words clearly. He has dyspraxia, which means the motor control of his mouth had, and still has, much difficulty pronouncing words. He didn’t have any words that were names of objects of people until he was about 7 years old.

  18. Jeff donawry on said:

    Before I watched your videos I was depressed because my mom was very sick and was close to dieing but when I watched your videos I started to smile and you motivated me and my mom and know she is not sick and loves watching your videos.
    Keep running❗️❗️❗️❗️

    • admin on said:

      Hi Jeff, This is Tommy’s mom, MaryAnn :) We are so very happy to hear your story, and glad to know your mom is doing better now and you are able to smile more again. Depression is so difficult, and we are glad things are going better. Sending you positive thoughts :) Thank you for writing to us :)

  19. Jeff donawry on said:

    I have a few question for tommy
    1 favorite Disney park
    2 favorite princess
    3 favorite Disney world ride
    4 2nd favorite movie
    5 and finnaly his favorite villian

    • Hi Jeff, These are great questions!!! Tommy will answer you himself if you post these on his facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/tommydesbrisay.autismmeansfriendship?ref=hl I can guess though: Favorite park- Magic Kingdom! Princess- Anastasia! Ride- Dumbo!!! Movie- Jungle Book! Villain- Cruella? Just guessing!!! He really likes the donkey boys a lot…but they are not really villains! And he loves the Headless Horseman! How about you? Can you tell us all your favorites from the questions you asked??? Cheers, MaryAnn

  20. Marianna on said:

    Hi it’s Marianna and I love Tommy’s videos so much I sent a package with a disney collage for tommy I made myself I hope he enjoys it! The post office said that it will take around 10 business days to get there.

    • Hi Marianna, This is MaryAnn!!! Your package arrived with the collage for Tommy!!!! It is amazing, and he loves is sooo much! He also loved your letter. Thanks so very much for your kind, sweet gift. If you would like to talk to Tommy directly, Facebook is the best way. Are you on Facebook? Thanks again, your package and collage really made Tommy smile :) -MaryAnn

  21. Lauren tupet on said:

    What is his favorite tv show and now Disney movie

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