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!)
In 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 isthe greatest lesson in discovering how strong I am as a woman, and a mother. Autism is notsomething that makes my child less of a person. — Amanda Nelson-Van Wagenen
Autism isan infectious laugh, feeling and giving everything to emotions, confusion. Autism is notfriendless, dull, what you fear it will be. — Denise Henry
Autism isshowing that brilliant minds think differently and we need to open up our eyes and see what they see to truly understand that. Autism is nota cookie cutter diagnosis, its called a spectrum for a reason. — Laura Shrestha
Autism isa different way of relating to the world around you. It is a different set of experiences. Autism is notwhat 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 istickles, laughs, sleepless nights, kisses, self-injury, beauty, frustration, joy, sadness, love. Autism is notan end. — Barbara Bickel Hafer