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Nick's Heroes: Comic book artist inspiring teens with autism

Posted at 3:45 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 21:42:24-04

PHOENIX — A Valley art teacher and comic book artist is breaking barriers and empowering fellow young artists with autism through a superhero named "Focus."

"I've always had a thing for comics since I was a kid," explains Doug Hebert. Now, Hebert is using that passion to help others realize their own potential.

But forget the Kryptonite -- Hebert doesn't focus on his hero's shortcomings - it's all about his abilities. In this case, his hero's autism is his super power.

"I really don't consider autism any kind of disability. I think of it as definitely a positive."

What's more, Hebert has young artists who have autism help him illustrate his comics. Their goal is to mentor artists with autism from all over the world.

"He has a really big heart," explains Hebert's partner Yvonne Wan. "He's always inspiring them to fulfill their creative potential."

And Doug Hebert, that's why you're one of Nick's Heroes!

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All around us in the Valley, people go above and beyond to help make our community even better. We want to know who they are! Nominate someone today and tell us why they should be one ofNick's Heroes. They could win a $500 gift card from our friends at Valley Toyota Dealers.

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