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Student presents on Autism Awareness Nights

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Sophomore Adam Felton speaks at The Aquarium of Boise on the corner of Cole and Franklin.

Sophomore Adam Felton speaks at The Aquarium of Boise on the corner of Cole and Franklin.

Sophomore Adam Felton speaks at The Aquarium of Boise on the corner of Cole and Franklin.

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Sophomore Adam Felton presents on Autism Awareness Nights at the Aquarium of Boise every three months. He teaches 15 to 20 people every presentation.

A year before he started presentations, he was a volunteer at the Aquarium and gave tours. Tabitha Felton, Adam’s mother, encouraged him to do a presentation. “He was eager to get everything for his first presentation perfect… and of course it was perfect.

“Adam doesn’t let autism define who he is,” she said. “Adam defines autism and lets the world know that.”

Felton’s first presentation was about dinosaurs. On these nights, he teaches others about prehistoric animals, ice age and sea creatures around the dinosaur era.

Felton likes the Aquarium because of the animals inside. His favorite at the facility are the sharks and stingrays.

Felton also loves dinosaurs and creatures during that era. “I like dinosaurs because of how long they’ve been around on the earth, and the fact that they have the same instincts that modern day animals have. I like dinosaurs because they are the most famous prehistoric creatures of all time.”

Outside of teaching others about dinosaurs, Felton has a passion for art. He currently takes an art class at Borah High.

When asked why he chooses to teach others about these animals, he said, “So that their brains can grow bigger, and they can become smarter as they learn more about something that they want to learn.”

Felton wants to educate people who are interested in this topic, and spread awareness for autism. “Adam’s love for educating the public on the animals is a true passion for him and he loves doing it,” Tabitha Felton said.

“He has stepped outside his comfort zone so much over the past year,” she added. “It’s an amazing feeling as a mom to see your child do the things doctors told me he wouldn’t.”

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