Twin Sister Gives Her Brother a Day to Remember

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Aly and Anders Bonville have been inseparable since the day they were born. So it’s no surprise that they walk across the stage together at their high school graduation ceremony from Oak Mountain.

At first, family members in Birmingham, AL were nervous on how he would react. Often times in a big crowd or surrounded by lots of noise, Anders gets overwhelmed. But once he stood on the stage, all you could see was a huge smile as he turned to his sister with a look that said “I did it!”

When the twins were were 2 years old, Anders was diagnosed with autism and became non-verbal. Like many twins, he and his sister developed a very strong bond. They had their own language to communicate with one another. Even when their own mother couldn’t understand her son, Aly would often be his voice. Since then she’s always been his protector and caregiver.

In the 5th grade Anders attended a different school. Worried the kids wouldn’t accept him, she set up an “Ask Aly” box. Every week she would come in to answer any questions the kids had. They wanted to know everything about him. What his favorite color was, if he would ever talk again, and what it’s like to have a brother with autism. This really helped the students understand Anders, encouraging them to interact with each other a lot more.

The two also share their love for music because it really brings people together. As little kids they would dance around while their mother played the guitar. Aly was soon inspired and learned how to play some instruments herself. She would play music for her brother as he rocked from side to side.

After graduation Aly will be attending Auburn University, where she received a full scholarship, in the fall semester. She plans to pursue music as her major and hopes to be come a band director in the future.

Aly wanted to make sure her brother shared in the moment for their graduation ceremony. Their mother, Kristy, was so proud they were able to celebrate both of their accomplishments.

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