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  • 1. Digital Story Storyboard Image the viewer will see: Script your will narrate: Did you know that 1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism? 67 children are diagnosed per day with autism, meaning a new case is diagnosed every 20 minutes. Slide 1 Slide 2 Did you know that more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined? Slide 3 Did you know autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.?
  • 2. Autism receives less than 5% funding for research versus other less prevalent childhood diseases. There is no medical detection or cure for these things. Slide 4 Slide 5 These facts along with the influences of those I have met over my few 20-years here on earth has contributed largely to my aspirations to become a Special Education teacher and to make a difference in the community and in the lives of children with autism. Slide 6 When my youth pastor and his wife, Jon and Becky, moved to my hometown, I had no idea the impact they would have on my life. They introduced me not only to their two amazing and adorable children with autism, Hannah and Jacob, they also introduced me to a way of living for God and serving others. Slide 7 Slide 8 One of the most influential lessons Jon and Becky taught me was how to live my life for
  • 3. others. To serve to the best of my abilities because I can, and because I want to. Slide 9 Helping others is just one of the many ways that I can use my God-given abilities to their full purpose, while providing others with support and service. Slide 10 Hannah and Jacob, their children, have taught me even more. They have shown me that their autism does not affect them as people. Slide 11 They are both just as loving, respectful, happy, carefree, and intelligent as any other quote un- quote normal child. The only thing they have difficulty with is relating socially to others.
  • 4. They have taught me that not everything is as it seems on the outside. People do not always wear their feelings on their sleeves, they do not always respond they way you want them too. Slide 12 Slide 13 Hannah and Jacob have taught me to see beyond the façade and try to understand the root of someone’s words, emotions, and actions. Slide 14 Jon, Becky, Hannah and Jacob have inspired me to go into special education. Slide 15 They inspire me to help others understand their difficulties, to understand what they go through and to understand how they view the world.
  • 5. Slide 16 I do not want to see one more child with autism teased and discriminated against because of a certain medical diagnosis. Slide 17 I want to be a part of the change in special education. Slide 18 This is for Hannah and Jacob. I owe you more than your little hearts could ever imagine.