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The true story of a 9-year-old autisc boy and his family who turned an idea into a business with a mission to help others with autism. Read more

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The true story of a 9-year-old autisc boy and his family who turned an idea into a business with a mission to help others with autism.

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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.

More information about the Kent's story can be found at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/12/kent-melville-autism_n_874488.html

http://act.mtv.com/posts/9-year-old-starts-business-to-benefit-autistic-youth/

http://​www.rethinkautismreader.com/​2011/07/​exclusive-interview-kents-dad.h​tml

http://www.vpr.net/​news_detail/91234/

http://www.lyndonstate.edu/news-and-announcements/lscs-iwow-assists-9-year-old-entrepreneur/

http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/hrlti/this_kid_started_his_own_business_selling_sodas/

or Visit us on Facebook at:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kents-Soda/115369671878543?ref=ts

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    $20 reward

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    Digital copy of the story and a personal thank you from Kent and his parents.

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    $40 reward

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    Printed first edition signed by Kent and his parents.

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    $125 reward

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    Printed first edition signed by Kent and his parents. A Kent's Soda T-shirt and a personal thank you call from Kent.

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    $250 reward

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    A signed copy of the book, A Kent's Soda T-shirt , a case of Kent's Soda (24- 12 oz Bottles), and a disclosure of Kent's favorite soda (it might surprise you).

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    $10,000 reward

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    10 copies of the book signed by Kent and his parents. Kent and a parent will join you for dinner in your home town (Lower 48 U.S. States only) or speak at an Autism or business related event in your area. Dates to be agreed upon after coordination of calendars. Travel to be completed by July 31, 2013.

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