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Part of these daily activities include attending the Genesis Day Habilitation Program, where Alex and Jamie go out to various work sites and on recreational trips. While the twins both enjoy the highly structured, intense, behavioral program, nothing compares to the feeling they receive when running. “Running has enabled them to reach goals that we never even imagined,” says Robyn. Between Alex’s speed and Jamie’s endurance, both have been given the opportunity to be involved in the mainstream activity of running in races, with all runners, everywhere. Both have excelled in their high school cross country team, and Alex has been awarded more than 100 trophies, medals and plaques to date.

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For Alex and Jamie, the biggest reward of all has been finding an outlet to channel the challenges they face with Autism and crossing that finish line. “Running gives them that release, as well as, the sense of freedom and enjoyment that they love,” says Robyn. “They are able to run in mainstream races with their typically developing peers, and when they cross that finish line, it is a triumph each and every time.” Sidenote: If you would like to know more about the Schneider family and Alex and Jamie’s story, please visit their website at www. autismrunners.com. multiplicity

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