When he was younger Xavier DeGroat wanted to work at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, but now the Delta Township man is opening his own museum in Meridian Mall.
DeGroat, founder and CEO of nonprofit Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation, will host a ribbon-cutting event at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 for the foundation’s museum near Schuler Books.
The museum will have a timeline of the history of autism from early in the 20th century to present day and will highlight prominent figures on the spectrum like Elon Musk, he said.
The museum will have a sensory friendly educational program and DeGroat will take inspiration from "Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood" as Mister Rogers was a role model growing up, he said.
The Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation will also host a dinner and gala with VIP pre-reception starting at 6 p.m. at LAUNCH Trampoline Park. Tickets for the dinner/gala are $50 and VIP tickets are $100. People can contact email@example.com and visit Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation’s website for more information.