Best of the Bronx: Autistic Bronx teen to attend science and technology academy
A teen from the Bronx is preparing to represent his borough on a national level. But it wasn't easy to get there.
Victor Quezada was non-verbal at the age of 3 and was diagnosed with autism at age 5.
Quezada and his mother Yuselle Vasquez did not give up hope. As he grew, Quezada showed an interest in math and technology. Now, he even helps his classmates with math work.
The 10th-grader was recently selected to attend the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists this summer in Massachusetts.
Quezada hopes to turn his passion of math and technology and use it toward another love of his -- video games. He wants to make them when he goes to college.
Vasquez says her son is already getting letters from colleges like Hofstra University and Iona College.
She says the most important advice she could give other parents facing an autism diagnosis is to never give up.