Lorain County twins with autism get ready for high school prom

AVON, Ohio - When Kayla Brochu goes to the prom this weekend, she'll have two dates on her arm.

Antonio and Dominic DeAngelis are Brochu's prom dates, even though they have autism. The Avon Lake teen is a longtime family friend.

"I always had a joke that I would take them if they ever had a prom," she said. "It's an honor."

The DeAngelis twins attend school at Spectrum Consulting Services in Lorain and this year, for the first time, the school will have a prom.

By Wednesday morning, the boys already had their tuxedos at home trying them on.

"I've never seen them so happy," their mother, Linda Jake, said.

The twins were born with Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, a rare condition when the blood supply of one twin is passed to the other during pregnancy. Miraculously, they survived. Then, two years later, they were diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

"It was going to be okay," Jake said. "They walked. They talked. Life was good.  And then at four, they got the autism diagnosis."

Jake said the autism had nothing to do with the TTTS.

"Their world is isolated," she said. "They enjoy the simple things.  They're happy.  We don't know why they're happy. Sometimes they're sad.  We don't know why they're sad. But they have each other and they enjoy the little things, TV, dancing, music, food."

They will also enjoy the prom.

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