Kenny and Brad Benjamin, local brothers with autism, featured on MTV's 'True Life' for Autism Awareness month
BOWIE, Md. (WJLA) - One local family is in the spotlight in a big way thanks to an eye-opening docu-special, just in time for the final week of Autism Awareness month.
Two brothers diagnosed on the autism spectrum let TV cameras capture their reality for a recent episode of MTV's True Life. Over the weekend, thousands of viewers from across the country got to see the bright personalities of Kenny and Brad Benjamin when the episode premiered.
"My best friend Kenny from Facebook, he told me Kenny and I were flawless," said Brad Benjamin.
As toddlers, Kenny was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, Brad was diagnosed with autism. Together they've shared a unique journey.
"He and I have bonded very well, and he likes almost everything I like...I mean almost," said Kenny Benjamin.
The feedback has been pouring in from families who connected with the duo, as cameras caught a glimpse of their road to independence, and the lighter moments in-between.
Their mom, Joyce, says the show was a unique and powerful experience.
"I told them that not everybody gets to do something so important that you leave a legacy that can change the world," said Joyce Benjamin.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of 68 kids now lives with autism. Kenny and Brad hope that other young adults with the disorder can relate.
"In order to cope with autism...it's to try something new," said Brad Benjamin.
"I think of it as not a curse, but a miracle of sorts," said Kenny Benjamin.
The True Life episode on the Benjamins will re-air May 6 at 3:30 p.m. EST on MTV.