In July of 2010, I took about 8 students to the U.S. Karate Nationals. Amongst the students was a young 12 year old female student named Katie D. who has Autism. You can see her story on my You Tube page "Corey Green's Karate" under the title of "5 Historical WDEF News Interviews". Her story is the 3rd story of 5 interviews. You can skip ahead to 3:34 to see the start of her interview.
At the time of the interview, we didn't have the confirmation about her status as being the "first girl in history with autism to qualify and compete in U.S. Karate Nationals in the non-handicap division." It wasn't until 2012 that I was able to get that confirmation.
Katie D. went on and did well for her first time at the U.S. Karate Nationals. In 2006, I also taught the "first person in history with autism to qualify and compete in the U.S. Karate Nationals in the non-handicap division." The story about my student was featured on CNN News. Green's Karate is the only karate school in the U.S. to be featured on CNN News for Karate. Congratulations Katie D.!