Teen With Autism Finds Spirited Way to Make Friends at School

“Before I was the mascot I didn’t really find anything confident about me,” Andrese Duke tells MLive.com in the video below. “I was just a regular kid until when I became the mascot, I feel confident in me.”

The 13-year-old from Grand Blanc, Mich., has autism, so socializing with his peers at Grand Blanc West Middle School can be difficult for him. But when Andrese dresses up like Victor E. Bobcat, his school’s mascot, it’s easier for him to approach people, give out high fives and share a hug or two.

Check him out in the video below:

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