Doctors didn't give Ben Jenkins much of a shot. They said his autism might mean he'd never talk, and would likely be institutionalized. But Ben has learned to never use his autism as an excuse. 08/03/14.
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00:06 Well off his and can limit. Someone's ability to specializing
00:09 connect with others but again thirteen found a new way to
00:12 communicate. That's part of our everyday -- series where we bring
00:15 you inspirational stories from around the country here's a breakthrough in
00:19 one -- -- is taking place with his doctors thought he
00:21 would never got. Let go every musician has this story. Most
00:28 of them start like this and we are ports and gig
00:31 at a small club it's my -- looking. -- -- --
00:37 -- -- -- -- And wrong and they decided avenging his
00:43 story doesn't start and I. It's always an enemy in fact
00:47 this is more like the middle. -- -- to that stage
00:52 started when he was two years old. I think he's not
00:54 imitating us I couldn't you know teaching to -- the --
00:58 or. And then we started it it just got progressively worse.
01:02 Doctors were quick with their diagnoses. Autism a word that made
01:07 Ben's mom shutter. I picture him sitting in the corner and
01:11 rocking and you know to shutting out the world they said
01:15 he wouldn't clock and would probably end up in an institution.
01:18 It sounded scary and it sounded like. That's just going to
01:21 be the end of it called. -- -- family did everything
01:26 they could to change that prognosis when world. Started packing up
01:29 and he'd written. -- of functioning. At the end. -- --
01:37 School started with forty hours a week. At the age of
01:41 file therapists need to target to help then succeed so they
01:44 asked his mom is there anything he flew to take two
01:47 and I think he's convenient for. That led to Ben's first
01:53 audition. With the piano teacher and he had heard gershwin's. Stretching
01:58 itself. He went after the piano and he played a major
02:02 bridge of the song particulars -- And he kept going and
02:08 going and this really surprise. Thank you Mary Matalin glamorous something.
02:16 I realized I. And really in love with you. I just
02:22 came to me naturally. Life is basically about. That's why I've
02:30 gotten in touch it's like a partner and a companion. And
02:34 whenever I need help talking to a friend. Or a parent
02:38 or sibling. It tells you what to say. The boy who
02:44 doctors said would have many limits -- limit less miracle after
02:49 miracle has been happening. The biggest came earlier this year April
02:54 6 trip I remember that day congratulations. Benjamin he opened and
02:59 people like. I'm delighted to announce their acceptance the Berklee College
03:04 of Music. He's. I may screamed so loud. The. We look
03:12 forward to -- commute to work at Berkeley is one of
03:15 the country's top music school. Thousands of talented people fighting getting
03:21 cheers dude yeah it would -- team quickly realized getting to
03:25 Berkeley. Would take more than a letter today. I know which
03:30 brings us back to that small club. And intimate audience. On.
03:40 Base families spent his college fund on the therapy that got
03:44 him where he is today. Now he's using those skills to
03:48 raise money to get even further. He's taught me so much
03:55 about life. And to live in the moment every musician has
03:59 a student bring -- -- so. Both. -- venue for this
04:05 game and tells then. -- -- Off. Because when many people
04:13 said he never succeed. Really all he needed was a little
04:17 room. A little room. To live. -- with photojournalist Michael drive.
04:25 Steve sticker and I think. That is a great story great
04:32 story wonderful story.