10-year-old boy in autism program becomes published author

Darius Brown, a fifth grader at Skyline Elementary in Suitland, Md., became a published author, Wednesday Jan. 13, 2016. (ABC7 photo)

When it comes to vegetables, 10-year-old Darius Brown is sure of one thing, "That I don't like them," he confidently stated.

The Skyline Elementary fifth grader dislikes them so much he wrote and published a book about it: "Darius Hates Vegetables."

Quite an accomplishment for any student especially one who has autism.

Brown's mother Wendy, told ABC7 News, "It's really built his confidence so much. We have sold 90 books so far. So, he is doing very, very well."

Brown is one of approximately 1400 students in the Prince George's County Public School system identified as autistic. The district offers specialized programs at 11 schools.

Skyline Elementary Principal Mark Dennison explained, "The main goal of our autism program is to mainstream our students into the general education population."

Students at Skyline view Brown as they would any student. 10-year-old Dajah Dinkins described him this way, "Even though he has autism he's really smart. Sometimes he might come into my class and he's just on track."

11-year old Nathaniel Asfaw says he and Brown have a lot in common. "We both don't like vegetables, we like math, we both like pizza, and we're both funny."

Despite the book title, Brown says there are two vegetables he would be willing to eat. He reluctantly admitted to occasionally consuming corn and broccoli. "It's worth a try," he said.

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