This post is dedicated to a young man, who’s Eagle Scout project is to not only raise awareness but to give people a very unique perspective into Autism that will go a long way to their understanding and acceptance.
Justin is 14 and his older brother Gregory, 17, has Autism… the kind of Autism that makes it difficult for him to tie his shoes or speak.
Justin had the idea to have an Amazing Race style fundraiser where, not only do you race, but you also complete tasks designed to make you struggle as though you had motor skill issues, language impairments and so forth… so that you can better understand what it’s like for his brother and others with Autism.
The only downside I can see to this is that it’s local to Sammamish, WA… which means that only a certain number of people will likely be able to get involved. The reality is though that this really needs to become a national project… much like Autism Speak’s “Walk for Autism.”
I am quite impressed with the local media for not only picking this up but giving Justin and his family good quality time to explain it. That’s really very decent of them. You can view the news clip here: http://www.king5.com/new-day-northwest/The-Amazing-Race-to-Understand-Autism-126210108.html
All of the proceeds will go to Autism Speaks.
If you are in WA, or willing to get there for this event on August 13, you can visit his website to register at http://raceforautism.wordpress.com
Even if you can’t get there, let’s show this boy and his family some support for such a wonderful idea.