February 7, 2018

Esteban Barriga, 17, Maryland – has asked his dream date, the star Ellen DeGeneres, to go to prom with him and has used a YouTube video in which to ask her.

Boston.com reports that Esteban’s entire home town, high school, fire department, police department and local McDonald’s are all supporting him.

They made over thirty video clips all urging Ellen to “say yes to Esteban.”

Previously to asking Ellen to prom he had said:

“I’m not going to prom because I don’t have any friends. I don’t have anybody,”

Rueda, Esteban’s mother told Boston.com

“It’s been an unbelievable experience because here’s this kid who thought he had no friends at high school, who thought he was on his own—now he’s suddenly the most popular kid in school,”

Aubuchon Hardware’s store manager John Bairos who have helped Esteban said:

“I don’t particularly know the kid but I know a lot of kids that work for me, and some of them know him … The more publicity, the better the chance he has of accomplishing it.”

Bryan Kiley, who is Esteban’s ‘Best Buddy” at school filmed all the clips for the YouTube video.

He filmed whole classes in the school saying “Ellen, say yes to Esteban!” as well as interviewing individual students for the video.

He said:

“A lot of people thought it was a really cool thing and really wanted to see it happen,”

Rueda comments that they have only lived in the town for a year and that the support they have received has been great.

“It completely changed my life and Esteban’s life. We have never been so welcome in a town.”

The video ends with a reminder about adults living with autism. It is narrated by Esteban’s 7-year-old sister Mariana Barriga, who asks Ellen to help spread autism awareness so that teenagers like her brother have a place to go after prom.

Rueda ends by saying:

“Whether Ellen says yes or no I think my son will not have a problem going to prom,” she adds “I think he’s learning a lot form this. He’s learning he’s not alone.”

You can watch the video on YouTube here

The original article by Maggie Quick on the Boston.com website can be read here

About the author 

Jo Worgan

Jo Worgan is a published author, writer and blogger. She has a degree in English Literature. She writes about life with her youngest son who is on the autistic spectrum. Jo tweets (@mummyworgan) and is also a freelance columnist for the Lancaster Guardian. ‘My Life with Tom, Living With Autism‘ is her second book and a culmination of her blog posts, and available on Kindle now, along with her first book, Life on the Spectrum. The Preschool years.

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