Headshot Photo of Julie Averbach
2017 Award Recipient


Project Adventures From My World

Location Short Hills, NJ

Issue Area Disability Justice | Mental Health & Emotional Support

Julie turned a Girl Scout Gold Award-winning project into a global initiative when she created a comic book called Adventures from My World (AFMW), designed to showcase some of the unique challenges and joys that siblings of special needs individuals encounter daily. The comic book offers siblings support, promotes awareness and compassion, and serves as proof of concept for comic book therapy. At the time Julie received the Award, over 5,000 copies had been shared across the US and abroad.

The impact that I continue to achieve inspires me to keep expanding the project.

Julie Averbach
“It is never too late, too early, or too often TO GIVE BACK AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”
Helen Diller