SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – In a powerful article published on the Australian webite Exclusive Insight, Utah Jazz starting forward Joe Ingles and his wife Renae revelaed that their 2 1/2-year-old son Jacob has been diagnosed with autism.

In the article, the Ingles, who have twins Jacob and Milla, revealed that Jacob was diagnosed on January 8th with autism spectrum disorder, and wanted to go public to bring awareness to the condition.

“We have never expected Jacob to be where Milla was/or is,” Joe and Renae wrote. “However the lack of communication, social isolation, sleeps disturbances, light sensitivity, and extremely picky food preferences gave us concern.”

When learning about the diagnosis, the family was shocked.

“We were rocked. We knew what Autism was, I mean, we had heard of it. However, neither of us really knew or understood the complexity of what ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) looks like.

“We were positive, and quickly agreed that we would rather go through the assessment process and find out everything was okay than to not do anything and miss a diagnosis if we needed one.”

The Ingles family is now coming to grips with their sons’ diagnosis and hopes to help others.

“We don’t want Jacob any other way,” they wrote. “He is our perfect Jacob. And nothing will ever change that. The road will look a little different for him (and us) and will have its challenges, although early intervention is key to his development and future.”

Ingles is in his fifth season with the Jazz, and is averaging a career-high 11.7 points and 4.9 assists per game.

Renae is also an elite athlete, having played professional netball for the Australian National Team.