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Scout with non-verbal autism earns Eagle

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Autistic scouts face a number of challenges as they progress through BSA's advancement program. For a scout who is unable to express himself verbally, some of the Eagle badges are particularly difficult because the scout must find ways to communicate without words. How does a non-verbal scout ever manage to earn Communication merit badge if they can not stand up and give a 5-minute speech, or emcee a Court of Honor?  Well, here's a story about one young man with non-verbal autism who found ways to overcome any challenge the Eagle rank could throw his way...
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/21/us/ohio-eagle-scout-with-autism-trnd/index.html 

 

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We had several learning disabled or artistic scouts earn Eagles. I have lots of great stories, but I would say their success in our troop was the support of the patrol mates.

Barry

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