Bravo young sir, bravo.
Bravo young sir, bravo.
A slogan worth repeating....:)"Stop slacking and get on with it."
At what point do your accomplishments stand as evidence that there really isn't all that much wrong with you?
I don't mean to be harsh, but they have so widely expanded the definition of autism that the current claim of percentages is simply outrageous. Most of these people seem to be people that when I was a child would have simply been considered a little slow or odd, but that teachers and parents would have worked with as they do now to build a good and productive person.
This guy has accomplished something few people set their mind to and complete. He is to be applauded, but if as his mother said, "He can do anything." isn't that contrary to the designation that he's disabled?
Now I will agree with you that there has been an overreach by educators, lawyers and medical professionals to expand the definition of autism for their own personal gain. However, in that video, you can tell he is autistic at some level and to overcome that in scouting is a major accomplishment.
I just looked up the badges. I don't think I could do some of them. Wow.
Entrepreneurship <-- Has to start his own business that is successful.
Whitewater <-- Has to take a whitewater ride.
But I find it interesting.
Says he earned all 132 badges. Boyscouts only list 131. Wonder if its a mistake, or what that last one is.
Asperger's. the Autism spectrum is very wide and includes very high functioning of Asperger's to the atypical "autism" and "Rainman" types.
First let me apologize from bringing this back from last week, but I wanted to comment and created an account just for more information. I am Nathan's oldest sister so I can answer your questions. We are roughly 10 years apart I was fourteen when he was diagnosed.
I would also like to point out that he is nearly 18 and not part of the inflated percentages. He was diagnosed at three. He first learned to talk by repeating movies. He didn't understand what he was saying or the movie meant, but if you followed the movie dialog with him he would get excited. He would rewind our movie (VCR days) over and over to learn the words and memorize them. He couldn't have an actual conversation with more than five word exchanges until he was ten or twelve. At his diagnoses he was classified at moderate on the spectrum. If he were tested today he would come across as mild. He is not Asperger's.
As for my mother's statement, "He can do anything." Well, he do anything he is in charge of. He can't hang out with his friends after school because he doesn't have any. He isn't planning a date with his girlfriend because he doesn't have one. He can do anything he wants to accomplish alone. But he hasn't been able to truly overcome the social barriers of autism to be the happy normal teen he wants to be.
As for the 131 listed. The Boy Scouts are constantly changing and updating merit badges. There are actually not 131 currently available because several of the heritage badges released last year only and are no longer achievable. Because the flux in available the Boy Scouts do not have a set number of badges, but a list of possible badges and that is currently 131.
His 132nd badge comes from a revision of a previous badge. The Boy Scouts had major revisions to the auto mechanic merit badge that made it much easier and released it as auto maintenance. Nathan had earned the original badge early in his scout career and approached the local council and asked permission to complete the new requirements and earn the new revised badge. He was given approval as long as he didn't count any of the work from the previous merit badge. So he was fortunate enough to work extra hard and have a merit badge revised enabling him to earn 132.
Interestingly enough the Chess badge was released on 9/10/2011. He discovered this after his final Court of Honor was scheduled for 9/11/2011 and he had already announced and had council approval for earning all the badges. Once again he approached and asked if he could complete it as soon as the requirements were posted online (9/8/11) and he completed the badge in two days to be able to really complete all the badges, even though the council had already recognized him as completing prior to the release of chess.
I'd be happy to answer anymore questions and if you'd like to learn more about his merit badges he is reviewing his experiences in his autism blog. You can also discover more of his diagnosis and childhood here.
Thank you. I don't have much time for forums but I will have a look around on the weekends.
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