Lance's Journal: Where There's a Will There's a Way, Feb. 25

Will Lepinski has made some great strides since we met him three years ago. Will made his Lance's Journal debut in January of 2010 and he's been busy building a business ever since.

Will was diagnosed with classic autism when he was 2 years old. Now, 18 years later, will has continued to defy the odds and the constraints of autism. His mother Marcia says, "Will has made a great deal of progress. He has taken a little break from the art. He has made some great strides as far as his academics. His skill acquisition."

Marcia says her son is working hard as he prepares to reach a major milestone in his life, "We are so thrilled to feel like we can actually get will to a point where he can take the GED."

For Will's mom, watching her son pursue a high school diploma is light years beyond anything she could have ever imagined 18 years ago, "The first time that we had an ABA consultant come into our home, ABA stands for applied behavior analysis, it is one of the only interventions that is scientifically reproduceable, it's peer-reviewed, it's data-based, it's the most objective thing you can lay your hands on."

Today, Willpower Industries is going strong. Will spends the summers mowing and trimming lawns and throughout the year, he has a number of vending machines around Lincoln that he operates.

Will's dad Drew is very thankful for the applied behavior analysis intervention that will has received, "The beneficial effects of the ABA intervention have been absolutely profound."

Marcia says they've found a very comfortable place as far as Willpower Industries is concerned. And they won't be adding any more clients in the near future because will is still very much focused on earning his GED.

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