At his birth, doctors warned that he would not be able to carry on a normal life or social existence. The boy subsequently went on to special education.
"The man I'm speaking about is my stepson and I have never met anybody more socially inclusive and into the world and able to speak to people," Mr Foote told the conference. "He is extremely confident after going to a special school.
"Social inclusiveness, however, is making this less and less of an option for many of our children in our drive for mainstreaming."