Jenifer Jr. High student spearhead's "Ice Skate for Autism" event

LEWISTON, ID - April is Autism Awareness Month and Wednesday community members did their part by filling the L-C Ice Arena for the first ever 'Ice Skate for Autism.'

Reporter Sophia Miraglio talks to the remarkable person behind the charity event.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one in 68 children have autism. One in 42 boys and one in 189 girls. However Wednesday was proof that it only takes one to make a world of difference.

"We have to do service hours every semester," said Jenifer Junior High Student Aaron Graham. "But we had to do something we wanted. I chose autism."

For his service project Jenifer Junior High ninth grader, Aaron Graham combined his love for skating with his love to give back.

"Well I've been a hockey player for about seven years now," said Graham. "And I know a few people just because my moms worked with them a whole bunch. Nobody really understands what they're thinking and what to do."

"This is the first time it's ever been done in the valley," said Jenifer Junior High student Natalie Wilson. "I think it's a really great cause and it's going to help a lot."

Almost half of children identified with autism has average to above average intellectual ability. However how smart they really are often goes undetected...that is until now.

"Some of them just really have a hard time talking, so there's apps on the iPad where there's pictures and you just click on pictures and then put the word up and then it will just talk for them," said Graham.

All the money raised here Wednesday will go to fund iPad apps that will be used for special education.

"My mom actually works in the special education department where the apps will be paid for and used daily," said Wilson. "So I'm just excited to see it all happen."

"It makes me feel really good knowing that there are people that will donate money and will help a great cause that is autism," said Graham.

Clarkston, Asotin, Lewiston, and Moscow School Districts are all benefiting from the efforts of Aaron Graham.