Aspie Travels the World as an Advocate

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Zach Zaborny is a 25-year-old man living with Asperger’s Syndrome. However, he does not let that or any of his previous diagnoses hinder him. Zaborny has become an advocate for post-secondary opportunities for students with Asperger’s.

When Zaborny was born, he weighed less than 2 pounds. For the first six months of his life, he was hospitalized and continuously needed feeding tubes. At the age of 8, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.

After meeting with representatives from Autism NI (Northern Ireland), Zaborny recently became an autism advocate. He has traveled around the United States and abroad, sharing his stories about attending college with Asperger’s. 

Kat McMahon, Zaborny’s mother, said that she always knew that Zaborny would attend college. Zaborny is highly intelligent and extremely focused, yet he often times has difficulty with some social situations. Zaborny, like most Aspies, has special gifts. However, his are specialized in writing and language, which is uncommon. McMahon says that Zaborny has always been exceptionally good at remembering and recalling information. 

Zaborny’s first diagnosis was ADHD. McMahon says that back then, that’s what it was called. However, she knew that ADHD didn’t fit her son’s characteristics. After the final diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, McMahon said that she immediately knew that this description seemed appropriate. 

With the goal of informing everyone about post-high school opportunities for Aspies, Zaborny has raised $4,280 from his GoFundMe page. Zaborny has attended many conferences thanks to his donations. He was invited to speak at the 2015 Asia Pacific Autism Conference in Australia, which was also attended by Tony Attwood, a famous autism researcher and professor.

Zaborny will also be traveling to Colorado, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Illinois, Nebraska, Arizona, and Ohio for other conferences. For two of those conferences, McMahon will also be attending. She will be providing a parent’s perspective, which she says that she wish she could have had. 

During college, Zaborny was finally able to come to terms with his diagnosis. He hopes that by sharing and using his experiences as a guide, the stigma of being “weird” or “different” will change. He says that he believes that people can do anything as long as they put their minds to it. Although some may have limitations, like himself, he knew that he could succeed and lead a productive adult life.

ICare4Autism’s core mission is to advocate for those with autism, who are often capable of far more than they are given credit for. Opportunities are growing for those Asperger’s Syndrome, and more companies are taking notice. Our partner ASTEP works with companies that actively hire employees with Asperger’s Syndrome. 

Written by Sejal Sheth

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