DENVER -- Medical professionals said at age 4 Benjamin Jenkins would never be able to talk or love, and would have to be institutionalized. Fourteen years later, Benjamin Jenkins has been excepted into the Berklee College of Music.
Jenkins is autistic. Throughout his childhood, people told him he "could not."
He says, however, that was not an option. Instead he has had intensive therapy and defied all obstacles before him.
Unfortunately, after 14 years of intensive therapy, Jenkins says he does not have enough money to afford college. The financial obstacle is just one of many Jenkins has faced in his life and he's determined to overcome it.
He's been performing at small venues, raising money for tuition.
Jenkins is working on a summer tour in hopes to not only raise money but tell his story and let others with autism known that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Benjamin will be playing at the Living Room, at 1055 Broadway in Denver, on Thursday.
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