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Teen writes book about his experience with autism to raise awareness

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - A Fort Wayne teen wrote a book about his experience with autism, and now he’s sharing it to raise awareness about the autism spectrum.  

"I have problems with socializing and being distracted all the time,” Ayden Kenny said. “I would fidget around with pencils and erasers and stuff, loud noises” 

16-year-old Ayden Kenny has high functioning autism. When he was in third grade, he decided to write a book called “Autism & Me” for a project at Insight School of Indiana. 

"I get to share my experiences with people and teach them about autism,” he said. “These kids might be different, so don’t treat them different, just treat them as you would like a normal kid.” 

In the book, he describes what it feels like to have autism using words and illustrations.  

“He talks about how he just wants to be like everyone else, he wants friends,” Ayden’s mother Denise Kenny, said.  

She says since he wrote the book, he’s been reading it to classes of all ages to help spread awareness of autism. 

"He talks about how the kids and teach them about kids with autism or any other disability might seem different but really it doesn’t mean they don’t want friends,” Denise Kenny said. 

She says he’s even won awards for the work he’s done.  

 “It’s important that kids do know about it, so that when there is someone with autism in their grade or class then they can recognize it and be friends and accept their differences.” 

Ayden and Denise Kenny say their next step is getting “Autism & Me” officially published as a children book.  

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Karli VanCleave

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