Everyday MVP: Laque Youngblood


(WTNH) — Every week Frontier Communications and News8 team up to recognize CT kids with great Minds, Values, and Promise– or Everyday MVP’s. This week’s winner is, Laque Youngblood, a 7th greater at City Hill Middle School in Naugatuck.

Laque was diagnosed with high spectrum Autism/Asperer’s at the age of 11. Laque found himself misunderstood, harassed, and even bullied. When Autism Awareness month rolled around, Laque stepped up. He and his principal found a unique way to share and educate fellow students about the condition. Laque presented facts over the school intercom everyday to share his very powerful message.

Some of Laque’s facts:

  • Autism is a disorder, but why call it a disorder, to someone like me, it’s what makes some kids like me unique
  • I am first and foremost a child. I have autism. I am not primarily “autistic.” My autism is only one aspect of my total character. it does not define me as a person.1 in 68 children in the US have autism spectrum disorder
  • Children with autism spectrum disorder have their senses on overload.
  • Boys are five times more likely than girls to have ASDs.              
  • ASDs can be found among all races, ethnic backgrounds social economic groups.
  •  I might be the next Einstein. Or Mozart. Or Van Gogh. They had autism too.

If you know an MVP kid like Laque, nominate them here: wtnh.com/everyday-mvp/

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