Australia/World Autism Advocacy

$4,280 of $3,800 goal

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Zach Zaborny  FARGO, ND
My name is Zach Zaborny. I am 25, live in Fargo, North Dakota and I am on the autism spectrum. I was born prematurely, weighing only 1 pound, 12 ounces. I spent the first six months of my life in the hospital and had a tracheotomy tube for three years, with a feeding tube for two and a half years. Eventually, I grew up to have a fairly healthy and normal childhood. At 8 years of age, I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.

After graduating from Kansas State University in 2012, with a Bachelors degree in Mass Communications, I began a path into autism advocacy. Beginning in 2014, I started traveling throughout the United States as an autism advocate, delivering a lecture on autism and the college experience, giving hope through humor and education through acceptance.

My lecture, which is called "Education of An Aspie: College Through My Eyes,"  starts by covering my initial diagnosis and childhood on the spectrum. I then address my high school years and transition into college, finally highlighting my college experience, including strategies and tips on how to be successful academically, socially and with outside extracurricular activities. I highlight several support systems that I found helpful and offer strategies for people on the spectrum, parents, teachers, professors, school administrators and support staff, at both the high school and college level. I end the lecture with my five keys to college success for people on the autism spectrum and a very opened and engaging question and answer session with the audience.

Since beginning my advocacy, I have spoken in Georgia, Idaho, Nebraska and North Dakota. I am scheduled to speak in Minnesota, Nevada and Colorado later this year.

In late April 2015, I was invited to speak at the 2015 Asia Pacific Autism Conference in Brisbane, Australia, taking place this September. I would love to attend and speak at the conference, but due to personal financial difficulties, which includes working multiple jobs to support myself, I am asking for help and support to make this dream happen, so that I might be able to make a positive impact on the lives of people with autism in Australia and ultimately, around the world! 

My goal is to help inform the world about the opportunities available for students on the autism spectrum after they graduate high school and let people know that there is hope as the transition into adulthood takes place. 

I fully believe that post-secondary education opportunities are possible for people on the autism spectrum and I am proof that the success is real! I want to share the proof with others and spread hope to as many people as I can, everywhere I go.

Thank you for your support!
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Update 6
Posted by Zach Zaborny
18 months ago
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I'm home from Australia! The trip was amazing and I want to once again, thank all of my supporters for donating for such an awesome event! Since the trip has been completed, I am officially turning off donations for this campaign. The page will still be here to look back on, but no more donations will be taken. Thanks!
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Update 5
Posted by Zach Zaborny
22 months ago
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Here's the link to a news story that was done on my advocacy efforts! Thanks again to everyone for the donations for this great cause!
Valley News Live Story
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Update 4
Posted by Zach Zaborny
23 months ago
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I am happy to announce that not only was my goal reached, but it has been exceeded! I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support I have received and continue to receive. Thank you so much for helping me to reach my goal so quickly! Any additional funds raised, will be used to attend other autism conferences that I will be speaking at, as I continue my quest to help educate people about autism.

Please continue to share my story if you feel so inclined. Also feel free to follow my blog about life on the spectrum, The ZEZ Connection at thezezconnection.wordpress.com for more insight to my life on the spectrum.

Let's keep the conversation going about changing the world with autism advocacy!
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Update 3
Posted by Zach Zaborny
23 months ago
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Some of you may have noticed a brief increase in the fund amount. I accidentally hit a wrong button here on the mobile page and it went rouge for a moment. You have got to love typing on phone screens. Everything is fixed and back to normal. Exciting news, we are so very close to my goal! Thanks to everyone who has donated!
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Dorry Boni
22 months ago

I can see the passion in your efforts. You have a most worthy cause. I believe you will be a leader in giving hope to those with Aspergers, and bring about an understanding to those who surround you just what being an"Aspie" means. Your advocacy should be an inspiration for all who follow your blog, your speeches, and your book to come.

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$4,280 of $3,800 goal

Raised by 41 people in 23 months
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Created April 24, 2015
FQ
$50
Faith UMC Quilters
22 months ago(Offline Donation)
JC
$10
Julia Christiansen
22 months ago(Offline Donation)
JA
$20
June Anderson
22 months ago(Offline Donation)
AH
$50
Arlys and Cliff Hagen
22 months ago(Offline Donation)
PH
$35
Patsy Howell
23 months ago
KV
$50
Kathy Visk
23 months ago

So proud and impressed by you Zach!! You will change the world.....we knew it many years ago.

DH
$25
Donna & Steve Halldorson
23 months ago

Our son is a fellow Aspy and so we donate to honor him and tell you great job!

OO
$50
Oleh and Helen Omecinsky
23 months ago

Zach, Good Luck! We love you.

DL
$50
Dave and Halyna Logan
23 months ago
AO
$100
Alex Omecinsky
23 months ago

Zach, we wish you a successful advocacy. Alex, Kathy, Lesia and Michaela.

Dorry Boni
22 months ago

I can see the passion in your efforts. You have a most worthy cause. I believe you will be a leader in giving hope to those with Aspergers, and bring about an understanding to those who surround you just what being an"Aspie" means. Your advocacy should be an inspiration for all who follow your blog, your speeches, and your book to come.

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