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