Autistic Twins Make Parents Proud In New York

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  • Published Nov. 4, 2013
  • Updated Nov. 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM UTC

They both ran Boston earlier this year.

With all the focus on the top runners from Kenya at Sunday’s New York City Marathon, a pair of competitors may have been overlooked: Alex and Jamie Schneider.

According to ABC News, the Schneider brothers — who are identical twins — are severely autistic.

“In the spectrum, they’re at the very bottom. Both of them are non-verbal,” said their mother, Robyn. ”[Running] is our number one main activity as a family. Everything else kind of comes second.”

The boys took up running after their father noticed how much they enjoyed when he chased them around.

“We actually found out about a club that offered volunteers to run with individuals with disabilities,” Robyn admitted. ”They said, ‘These guys are amazing.’”

Both boys run with the assistance of a guide. Yesterday, in New York City, they ran for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment to raise money and awareness for the non-profit dedicated to the education and care of people with autism.

For More: ABC News

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