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DENVER -- More kids are being diagnosed with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The number of cases has gone up 30 percent over the past two years.

Max Miller, 14, isn’t waiting for someone else to raise support for programs that help Denver area kids. He’s doing it on his own.

Max is one of the youngest people to run a nonprofit organization, which he started when he was 12. It's called the Blue Ribbon Arts Initiative.

Max is gifted with immense artistic ability, which he displays in a book he wrote and illustrated.

“Hello My Name Is Max and I Have Autism” reveals what it’s like to be autistic, and helps families to understand the importance of support and communication.

A special art auction and gala will benefit Max’s organization and help kids with autism in Colorado on Wednesday. It takes place at the BAC Appliance Centers at 1880 W. Oxford Ave. in Englewood from 6-8 p.m.

Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door.