about the founder
Jon Miskulin had Asperger’s, a type of Autism. But don’t think of him as someone with a disability. He would rather you consider the opposite – he had extraordinary abilities. In fact, he could show you his super-powers!
Jon’s story is one of hope, inspiration, and perspective. He spoke from his early days and diagnosis, to self-discovery, and the epiphany of his mission. Jon shared with others (on and off the spectrum) about how they too can embrace their unique qualities and unleash their super-powers! His message was one of social acceptance with an emphasis on embracing diversity.
He shared his story with small groups and large audiences. Upon graduating from high school Jon renamed his foundation H.E.A.L. (Heroes Embracing Autistic Lives), and was asked to speak at public schools, summer camps, civic and religious groups, and Teens Encounter Christ weekend retreats.
The legacy of sharing his super-powers continued upon his death by giving the gift of life as a Gift of Hope organ donor. Jon’s family continues the work of the H.E.A.L. Foundation by spreading his message for lasting autism acceptance throughout Central Illinois.
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