"He couldn't look at you," Ron told ABC News. "He walked around like someone with their eyes closed."
Then one night, when Owen was 4, as he and his parents were watching The Little Mermaid, a break through occurred.
Owen started repeating words from the movie. Soon, they realized Owen had memorized every word from every Disney movie. They discovered they could communicate with Ron as the characters from the movies.
Thanks to Disney movies, he has flourished.
Now, 20 years later, Owen has a job and is living on his own.
WATCH: Boy diagnosed with regressive autism stopped talking, showing affection and engaging in the world around him. But then he started memorizing Disney movies - and he got his voice back: http://abcn.ws/293paXx