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December 11, 2013

In 2013, autism awareness spread further than ever and made strides in permeating mainstream culture. From Hip Hop to videogames to athletics, the autism community made their presence known. Here's a look back at 10 high-profile stories from the last year. This list is based on popularity and importance.

August 04, 2013

On Friday night, with the help of 7 Action News and WOMC, Brett Werner, a 22-year-old nonverbal young man with autism, met his idols The Beach Boys at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Brett, whose only words spoken are "Beach Boys," and his father found a special bond listening to their music and traveling to see the band play. The Beach Boys' Mike Love said it was an "ultimate compliment" and "tribute" to their music.

Check out 7 Action News video clip of Brett's story below