Living with Autism: A local teen shares his story


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Submitted: Mon, 10/21/2013 - 11:45am
Updated: Mon, 10/21/2013 - 12:20pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Austin Smith is a brave young man on a mission to educate the world about Autism. He's a senior at Laney High School and for his senior project, Austin decided to get the real word out when it comes to Autis"the world I am about to enter is the world I want to help change and mWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Austin Smith is a brave young man on a mission to educate the world about Autism. He's a senior at Laney High School and for his senior project, Austin decided to get the real word out when it comes to Autism.

He made a facebook page and posts daily updates on his progress and shares little-known facts about Autism.

He described his ultimate goal, "People with Autism can still do or be anything they want," he told GMC anchor Ashley Jacobs, "It is no different than someone with high blood pressure. You learn how to work around it."

Austin said students have always been kind to him within the walls of school. Believe it or not, it is often adults and families who give him strange looks at restaurants and ballgames. That is why he wants to educate as many people as he can.

You can help him with his mission and learn a thing or two yourself, just by "liking" his facebook page.

As a senior in high school, he's preparing to enter a new world after graduation.

"The world I am about to enter is the world I want to help change and make a difference."

 

 

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7 Comments on "Living with Autism: A local teen shares his story"


Micah Bigham
2015 years 8 months ago

Great Job Austin! We are all so proud of you!!! You have touched so many lives! Keep up the good work! Accept, Educate, Advocate, Support, and Love!

Patrick Davenport
2015 years 8 months ago

Way to go Austin! I am so proud of what you have done and will continue to do! Move over Clark Kent, Austin Smith is the new Super Hero in town!!
Great job buddy!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Go Austin! Great job!

Margaret Hester
2015 years 8 months ago

Thank you Ms. Jacobs for your interview with Austin. I know he has worked very hard on his “autism awareness by Austin Smith” facebook page. I am his biggest fan! Way to go Austin!!

Kim Smith
2015 years 8 months ago

Austin, you did a great job with this project. Now, when we think of Autism we will think about more than just statistics and facts, we will think of you. Be proud of the job you’ve done, we certainly are. Go Austin!

Becky Cross Gardin
2015 years 8 months ago

GREAT job Austin,,,,I had heard you had a live interview and am so glad I got to see it. Keep up the good work and give the family hugs from Tennessee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Becky Cross Gardin
2015 years 8 months ago

Too cool!!! You did a fantastic job. WOOWHOOOOOOO!