Ben Carroll, Manchester

Ben Carroll of Manchester created the artwork on this week's cover. Ben was born in Bulgaria in July 1994 and was placed in an orphanage where he was neglected. When he was 18 months old, Ed and Laura-Lee Carroll took him into their hearts and home and the healing began. Diagnosed with autism, Ben received speech and occupational therapy while being home-schooled. The youngest member of the Manchester Art Association, Ben had a one-man art show titled "Benny's World" on Oct. 16, 2004. Many friends (including his teachers and doctors) and his family came to the reception to view his work and encourage him. Ben currently attends The Intesive Education Acaemy in West Hartford.
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