Twin Brothers with Autism Take on the NYC Marathon

NYC Marathon Runners

Just the other weekend, identical twin brothers Alex and Jamie Schneider, both 23 and with severe autism, did something I know I could never do – run in the New York City Marathon. Their proud parents explain in this ABC News article that their sons, who are non-verbal, discovered their love of running at a young age – and the activity has given them joy and relief from the frustrations of not being able to communicate. They found out about a club that offered volunteers to run with individuals with disabilities and the brothers have been gathering awards ever since (they’ve already done about 130 races!).

Racing has become a primary focus – and this is a great story of how celebrating strengths has led this family to discover a way to bring great happiness into their children’s lives. Go Alex and Jamie!

Lynsey, Community Manager