This project's funding goal was not reached on July 13, 2012.
About this project
Kent has autism. When he was nine years old Kent ran a typical lemonade stand in the summer of 2010. He had fun and earned enough to buy some things he had really wanted. At the end of the summer he said to his father, "Dad, I made a lot of money this summer. I got everything I wanted." Kent then asked if he could sell sodas to restaurants and stores. His parents let him know that when he was older he could explore the idea further. Kent pondered that for a minute and then said "Dad, I have everything I need right now, but there are lots of other kids with autism that can't do the things they want or need. I want to be able to help them get some of the things they want with the money we earn. Can't we start now? I don't want to wait." Kent lives in Vermont with his family, enjoys reading instructional manuals and playing with Legos. Kent's personal motto is "ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!". He believes this 100%. Kent and his father have both received Rising Stars awards from Vermont Business Magazine.
The book will explore the relationship of a father with his autistic son and what they have learning about each other along the way. We will share our feelings about the diagnosis of Autism, how it has impacted our family life (including the relationship with children not on the autism spectrum), and how the family has helped their son deal with others in social situations. We will also share the story of how Kent, with the help of his parents, local business leaders, and others in his community banded together to see that his dream of running his own business became a reality.
The idea for this project came from a courthouse conversation between Aaron, Kent's father, and two other fathers from the area. The fathers, "T" a local reporter, and "C" another local lawyer, urged Aaron to write this story in book form. Both expressed a genuine desire to gain some insight into how an autistic child's mind works and how Aaron and Michelle operate as parents of their 5 children while balancing their careers, their son's business, and their community involvement.
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