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Local man spreads "education through acceptance" as international speaker for Autism Advocacy

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A local man is spreading awareness about a condition which affects one out of every 68 children in the U.S. He has beaten the odds, and as reporter Sophia Borrelli finds out, he also has a unique story to share.

Zach Zaborny/Autism Advocacy Speaker, "If I'm going non-stop for me, it's a good day."

Zach Zaborny has three jobs here in Fargo, and everyday is different, but his real passion is advocacy.

Zaborny, "My whole slogan is education through acceptance and hope through humor."

When Zach was in third grade, he was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome which is on the Autism Spectrum.

Zaborny, "Always just assumed I was quirky and although I knew I had it, I just didn't really think to much about it. I just kinda went about my daily business and was raised by my parents treated no different than my brother."

Now with a bachelors degree in Journalism, Zach's message is that people with Autism can do anything they set their minds to.

Zaborny, "College is an option for people on the Autism spectrum, and I am a perfect example of that."

Zach is an international speaker for Autism Advocacy and travels to different countries. His next big trip is to Australia for the 2015 Asia Pacific Autism Conference, but needed a little help getting there.

Zaborny, "That a lot of these conferences that I do for the most part aren't actually paid and I have to fund my own way."

So he set up a Gofundme page, and within four days, raised more than enough money.

Kat and Mike McMahon/Zach's Parents, "He and I were monitoring it from home and had tear in our eyes every time we checked the update, so it's been great."

Now with the extra money, Zach is looking forward to speaking at more conferences and spreading his message.

Zaborny, "Ultimately I'm out to change the world with Autism."

If you would like to donate to help Zach on his journey, click here. You can also read his blog by clicking here.

Sophia Borrelli
Sophia Borrelli is honored to join the WDAY/WDAZ newsrooms. Being an East Coast girl all her life, she is ready to explore the Midwest. Sophia was raised outside Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. She is a proud alumni of orange nation, graduating from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Before joining the WDAY/WDAZ team, she interned in news rooms including CNY Central in Syracuse, NY, WPXI in Pittsburgh, PA and WMGM in Atlantic City, NJ. In her time off, Sophia loves to visit the lakes, cook, and take her dog for walks. If you have an idea for a story or just want to say hi, don't be shy! 
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