Disability news, Accessibility Issues, Disability Issues, Accessiblity News

Missing boy with Asperger’s turns up — on the other coast

April 30th, 2009

Kenton Weaver, photo from Palm Beach PostYoung teen stole dad’s car, then caught flights from Florida to California by himself; How’d he get through security with no ID?

From the San Jose Mercury News, MSNBC, ABC-News, Palm Beach Post:

Thirteen-year-old Kenton Weaver, who has Asperger’s, managed to get from his home in Boca Raton, Florida, all the way to San Jose, California, this week by himself before being discovered.

Kenton stole his dad’s Ford Explorer and drove himself 30 miles to the Fort Lauderdale airport. He then boarded a Southwest Airlines flight to Chicago with a ticket he apparently bought with his dad’s credit card, using his report card for identification. When he got to Chicago, he switched to a connecting flight.

He was found by a security officer at a ticket counter at the San Jose airport. The boy’s mother lives nearby.

The youngster has always been a bit of wanderer, his mother said as she headed north to meet with her son.

“Even at four- or five years old we’ve have problems with this” with him leaving home, that is, she said. “He’s very bright, but at the same time has very little common sense and few inhibitions.”

See also: Six tips for traveling with an autistic child — Time magazine

(Photo from Palm Beach Post)

One Response to “Missing boy with Asperger’s turns up — on the other coast”

  1. Judith Wilson Burkes Says:

    Ultimately, this story is about a boy caught in a divorce who ran away to get to his mother. Autism or Aspergers has very little to do with this.

    I don’t know why they make a big deal out of his autism. What he did was reckless, but who doesn’t know a reckless 13 year old?

Leave a Reply


Please copy the string RvjRG2 to the field below:


About the Site

More than 50 million people in the United States have disabilities, a number that is growing rapidly as the population ages. Experts say disability will soon affect the lives of most Americans. This website attempts to aggregate news and commentary about disability, and to document the efforts of people who are seeking new ways to address familiar challenges.

Join journalist Patricia E. Bauer as she seeks to bring you the best information about what's happening now and what it may mean for you and your loved ones.

Read More »



Read More »


Read More »


Read More »

School Restraints

Read More »

Prenatal Diagnosis

Read More »

Obama Administration

Read More »

My Articles & Essays

Read More »




Read More »


Read More »

Mailing List

Sign up for our mailing list!

RSS Our RSS Feed

  • November 2010
  • October 2010
  • September 2010
  • August 2010
  • July 2010
  • June 2010
  • May 2010
  • April 2010
  • March 2010
  • February 2010
  • January 2010
  • December 2009
  • November 2009
  • October 2009
  • September 2009
  • August 2009
  • July 2009
  • June 2009
  • May 2009
  • April 2009
  • March 2009
  • February 2009
  • January 2009
  • December 2008
  • November 2008
  • October 2008
  • September 2008
  • August 2008
  • July 2008
  • June 2008
  • May 2008
  • April 2008
  • March 2008
  • February 2008
  • January 2008
  • December 2007
  • November 2007
  • October 2007
  • September 2007
  • August 2007
  • July 2007
  • June 2007
  • May 2007