Friday, October 22, 2010

Gold Award Project Educates Others About Autism

Lauren wanted to educate children about autism. For her Gold Award project she created an educational cartoon video about autism. “I hope people can gain a better understanding of autism. I hope people of all ages will watch, especially our younger generation, because they are the ones that count and truly are the ones who can hurt other children with their words and actions.” Lauren shared her video with day camps, local libraries and local Girl Scout troops. She found that the children were interested and asked many questions. This project was very personal to Lauren as her cousin was diagnosed with autism. She spoke with him about his experiences and felt that she could help her cousin by educating others. Lauren, a graduate of Vinemont High School, is the daughter of Greg and Margaret. She is a freshman at Wallace State Community College.