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Local 5th grader takes leading role in autism awareness

Updated: Wednesday, April 16 2014, 06:36 PM EDT

wtov9.com
BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. -- His name is Jason, and his mission is to help children.
He’s an 11-year-old, 5th-grade boy who is spreading awareness about autism.
When Jason Polgar came up with the idea to help children with autism a year ago, nothing could get in his way.
“You shouldn't treat somebody completely different and bad because they seem different,” he said. “Because they’re not all that different. All of us, we're humans.”
That’s the kind of attitude that has helped Jason’s organization become a success.
The organization, which is named after his 9-year-old autistic brother, Ryan, provides iPads that are installed with a communication app that helps autistic children better communicate with others.
“We're very proud of him,” Jason’s father said. “He came to us and said he wanted to do this and we didn't know where it would go. The community has really been behind.”
On Monday, Jason gave away an iPad to a student during an autism awareness program at Follansbee Middle School.
“He's awesome,” said teacher Jesse Schwertfeger, autism teacher at FMS. “I think his organization is awesome.”
Thus far, Jason has raised close to $2,000 for his organization with the help of his school and church.
Follansbee Middle School just added its program for autistic children this year.
Jason's brother Ryan will be a part of that program next year.

Local 5th grader takes leading role in autism awareness


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