GRAFTON, Oh. - A Lorain County teen has created a special video that he hopes will help others and help him receive the highest recognition in the Boy Scouts.
Some know Michael Whary of Grafton as a sophomore honor student at Midview High who also plays trumpet in the school band. Others know Michael as the boy with autism. “What do we call it? Differently abled," Michael’s mom Judy Whary said.
For Michael, it's not about what he can't do – but, what he can. He has been in scouting for nine years and wants to become an Eagle Scout, the highest ranking in scouting. “Scouting has a rule about don't do for a child, what the child can do for himself and we thought that was an excellent way to teach Michael," his mom added.
As part of his community service project, Michael created an autism awareness video and posted it on YouTube. His message is directed to parents of children with autism and he hopes the video will be a source of inspiration and encouragement. "I hope a lot more people who have children with recently diagnosed with autism take advantage of the early intervention programs that are offered for children with that in the autism spectrum. Early intervention could easily increase the autistic's person chance for a better life," Michael said.
Next month, Michael is set to go before the review panel that decides whether he deserves to become an Eagle Scout. "This means very much to me. It's like I'm becoming a new man," Michael added with a smile.