Teen Helps Parents of Children with Autism

This amazing video was created by Michael Whary, an Ohio teen who is truly making a difference. Michael, who has autism, is working to become an Eagle Scout – and to do that, he needed to complete a service project that benefits the community. So he took the opportunity to create a video that aims to help parents of children with autism, sharing how autism doesn’t make him different, it makes him Michael.

And we can say we’re quite impressed! Also, speaking of achievements, not only is Michael working to become an Eagle Scout, he’s (as noted here), a member of his school’s track and field team, ROTC and marching band. (Keep in mind that Michael’s family was told that he would never ride a bike or drive a car – and you’ll see he can do both quite well!)

We invite you to check out Michael’s video!

Lynsey, Community Manager


What Parents Want You To Know

Autism IsIn honor of Autism Awareness Month, Huffington Post asked its Parents community on Facebook to tell them what autism is—and what it is not—in their unique experiences. And their answers (68 of them shared) are touching and heartfelt…here’s a sample of responses:

Autism is the greatest lesson in discovering how strong I am as a woman, and a mother.
Autism is not something that makes my child less of a person. — Amanda Nelson-Van Wagenen

Autism is an infectious laugh, feeling and giving everything to emotions, confusion.
Autism is not friendless, dull, what you fear it will be. — Denise Henry

Autism is showing that brilliant minds think differently and we need to open up our eyes and see what they see to truly understand that.
Autism is not a cookie cutter diagnosis, its called a spectrum for a reason. — Laura Shrestha

Autism is a different way of relating to the world around you. It is a different set of experiences.
Autism is not what I would wish for my son, but it is not a monster or evil. We just have to learn a different perspective for our lives. — Amanda Orgel Ferguson

Autism is tickles, laughs, sleepless nights, kisses, self-injury, beauty, frustration, joy, sadness, love.
Autism is not an end. — Barbara Bickel Hafer

Read the rest of their answers here.

Lynsey, Community Manager