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Waterbury teen with autism writes and illustrates second children’s book

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A Waterbury teen is launching his second children’s book during Autism Awareness Month.  News 8 caught up with Chase Taylor and his parents at the John Bale Book Company.

The last year has been an exciting one for 18-year-old Chase Taylor as he traveled around, sharing the book The Letter Critters which he wrote and illustrated.  It’s based on a fascination he’s had since he was a small child. 

“He loved letters,” explained his mom, Helen.  “About two years ago now we started to see the characters.  I said, ‘Do you have the whole alphabet?’  He said, ‘Yes.’  I said, ‘Are you ready to write a book now?’  He said, ‘OK.’  I said, ‘Here’s the software, write a book!’  And he said, ‘OK.’  That’s what he did.”

Now the 18-year-old with autism is launching his second book called The Letter Critters Biographies.  “It has more pictures and more sentences about their personalities,” explained Chase. 

Helen and her husband, Alan, say Chase is usually reserved but not when he’s talking about this project. 

“It’s helping him communicate more with us which is interesting,” said Helen.

“It’s finding your niche,” said Alan.  “We all have a niche, we just have to find it.”

“He loves it…he gets a sparkle in his eye when people – even adults – say they love his book,” said Helen. 

Nine years ago, the Taylors brought the Autism Speaks Walk to Waterbury, a topic that’s emotional. 

“It’s a big deal,” said Alan.  “It’s a big day for all of us to walk through the streets of downtown Waterbury.”

“It’s our day,” said Helen.  “I tell parents this is your day to be you….it’s giving back, doing something for our loved one and it’s such a great feeling to have that.” 

This year, the walk takes place on June 2nd.  Click here for information.

The family aims to raise awareness and inspire acceptance through Chase’s work. 

The books make the young man proud.  “Because I get to show off my talent,” he said. 

They show the community what a person with autism can accomplish. 

“You can reach out of the box and you can grow with your ideas with the help of others,” said Alan.

Chase self-published through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 

He’s already working on book three, about a Letter Critters talent show.  Click here to learn more.

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