I can imagine indeed that young Mr. Brannigan does want to be treated like any other athlete, and I appreciate that.
I did forward an article about Mike Brannigan to the head of a non-profit dedicated to overcoming autism, and he did say that Mike Brannigan's accomplishments will serve as a great reminder that regular vigorous exercise can be very helpful to all of us, including those who have special conditions of some type.
My friend knows running, by the way, and did indicate that well, Mike Brannigan has talent that very few young people have. But his talent does serve to encourage others, and I think this is a good thing. And I would hope Kevin Brannigan will accept these kind thoughts with grace.