Autism Light #450 is Darius Brown.
Darius Brown is an 11-year-old author who has autism. He is mainstreamed in the fifth grade at Skyline Elementary School in Suitland, Maryland, which is in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Darius Brown is an Autism Light for the example he set for other children who have autism by writing a published book, when he was just 10 years old, called Darius Hates Vegetables.
School: Darius Brown has been mainstreamed in his public elementary school since kindergarten and he is now considered on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum. His mother Wendy Brown wrote the following summary about some of the services that have helped her son over the years with his autism.
Throughout grade school Darius received a lot of speech therapy services due to his inability to speak. The services taught DJ sign language to sign the words he couldn’t speak and other methods to communicate while in school and at home. He also received adaptive physical education services that helped with his motor skills. These services included swimming, roller skating and other activities to help develop his low muscle tone. Now he can participate in a lot of physical activities more aggressively because he can use his muscles and be big and strong. Even though loud noises and other sensory issues are still a challenge for Darius we deal with them a bit at a time and develop coping strategies for each issue (Wendy Brown, March 31, 2016, Email to Autism Light).
Darius Hates Vegetables: Darius Brown writes his books from true events he experiences as a boy growing up, and his first published book is about a boy who enjoys cookies more than vegetables.
An 8-year-old named Ryan said this about Darius’ book, “I enjoyed Darius Hates Vegetables! It was catchy and a good story. The artwork was beautiful. I don’t like vegetables either, but I might try them now (I Am Darius Brown Testimonials).”
Darius’ mother Wendy Brown wrote to Autism Light, “Darius uses writing as a way to cope with good and bad things that he’s encountered while in school trying to make new friends or other challenges faced at home especially when it comes to sharing his trains with his little brother. Nonetheless, we feel other children/adults on the spectrum will enjoy his stories all the same and realize we are all the same.”
Website: You can order the book Darius Hates Vegetables online through his website and also learn more about Darius from his website.
Media: To learn more about Darius Brown read the following media.
- Article on Darius Hates Vegetables featured in Geek Club Books, February 2016
- Article and Video featured at WJLA.com, January 13, 2016
- Article by Autism Speaks, January 14, 2016
Special thanks to Darius Brown for being an Autism Light and being a published author at age 10. Darius Brown is one of the many examples of students with autism doing extraordinary achievements. Hopefully, his example will be an encouragement to other aspiring writers with autism. We wish Darius all the best and hope he will continue to learn and grow in his life.
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Photos: The photos in this post were used with permission of Wendy Brown.