Queens elementary student spreading powerful message about autism

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Ethan Ringer, a Grade 4 student at Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy, is making videos again and he has a powerful message for his fellow students: I can do anything.

Ringer has Autism and enjoys making and watching YouTube videos.  Last year, Ringer made a power point presentation, which his mother captured on video, to explain what it is like to have Autism.

This year as a part of Autism Awareness Month (April), Ringer decided to make a slideshow showing him interacting and doing many jobs within Queens County. The slideshow aims to tell the students that he and they have the potential to do anything.

“It’s about your strengths, telling what you can do if you put your mind together and you can put it into one big job,” says Ringer.

Ringer made his presentation to the students of Wickwire on April 2. It showed him with a dentist, entrepreneurs, dump truck drivers, radiologists, radio hosts, office administration staff, and even the editor of The Advance.

During Ringer’s presentation he stood in front of the students at Wickwire and clapped along with the music.  He and his mother, Marsha Ringer-Verge had their hair painted blue and wore blue and white t-shirts that said “keep calm and support Autism Awareness.”  Blue is the official colour for Autism Awareness month.

Ringer shared his presentation with several other schools as well, including the Bridgewater Junior and Senior High School.

Ethan’s new presentation can be viewed on YouTube

Organizations: The Advance, Bridgewater Junior and Senior High School

Geographic location: Queens

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