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#AspiePower: People on the Autism Spectrum Share Their Stories

Younger and older people on the autism spectrum shared their stories with Brut to bust misinformation and stereotypes around the disorder. 👏

Greta Thunberg calls Autism her "Superpower"

Members of the autism community are taking on social media to raise awareness about the condition. Climate activist Greta Thunberg recently opened up about her Asperger's diagnosis after she was criticized over her autistic characteristics. The hashtags #aspiepower and #AutisticsForGreta then went viral. Many social media users on the autism spectrum took on the opportunity to share their personal stories. 1 in 160 children worldwide are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (effect) ASD according to the World Health Organization. But misinformation and stereotypes surrounding ASD still persist.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. A combination of genetic and environmental factors influences the development of autism, and autism often is accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. Autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children.

Though autism spectrum disorder can be reliably diagnosed by age 2 for most children, the average age of diagnosis in the United States is between 4 and 5. Early intervention is crucial; it can translate to a lifetime of impact by supporting healthy development, improving communication, decreasing challenging behaviors and leading to positive outcomes later in life. The CDC reports the overall prevalence of autism in the U.S. is 1 in 59 children, yet the reported prevalence among white children is 7 percent higher than African American children and 22 percent higher than Hispanic children – pointing to potential missed or delayed diagnosis in those groups according to Autism Speaks. Greta Thunberg is pretty busy saving the world, but she took a moment out of her busy schedule to talk about being autistic and to address haters who have been attacking her "looks and differences."

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09/18/2019 10:19 AM
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  • Brut
    09/18/2019 13:31

    "No one character in a movie or other media can represent the entire spectrum — but they do teach us what some of the characteristics of autism are." This professor at Adelphi University spoke to Brut about promoting fulfilling, productive lives for people with autism.

  • BRUCH
    09/18/2019 18:47

    Thank you so much to everyone who has spared a few minutes to watch this video. Due to my openness about having a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome, and the trending hashtag #AspiePower surrounding Greta Thunberg and her inspirational climate activism, I was invited to record this piece for Brut to share my experiences of growing up with autism, my passion for my music (which centres around the climate emergency and socio-political affairs), and the daily trials those on the spectrum face on a daily basis. If you want to know more about autism or Asperger's Syndrome, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

  • Rebecca C.
    09/19/2019 00:32

    I have Asperger's Syndrome and even though my mom was there when I was diagnosed when I was 14 (25 now), she still behaves as if I don't. She's even told me that my Asperger's isn't valid and is just an excuse, even though I've told her countless times what I go through and how hard it is for me to go through all of that. My dad only just found out 2 years ago because my mom never told him, and I was telling him about it because I was right in the middle of a rough patch. I explained it as best as I could, and he was even more supportive of me than I could possibly ask for. As far as recent times go, it feels like finding a job is near impossible. I've been trying to find a job since my seasonal job ended in January. I've applied EVERYWHERE at this point and have had multiple interviews, but because I hesitate a lot, I have failed every single one. It's like they know that I'm on the autistic spectrum as soon as I start talking. And as if that wasn't bad enough, I've also got chronic vertigo as well as pain spikes in my back that have been of and on for about 4 years all on top of my Asperger's. Back when I used to work at Walmart, I had customers harass me because it was clear as day to them that I was on the Autistic spectrum. There was one customer who went out of his way to harass me every time he came into the store and found out that I worked that day. He would search for me and get in my checkout lane no matter how long the line was, and management never did a thing about it. I'm still struggling with my Asperger's, but I accepted it as a part of me a long time ago.

  • Egosum M.
    09/19/2019 21:45

    asbergers

  • شيماء ب.
    09/20/2019 00:12

    🙄

  • Hafsa M.
    09/20/2019 11:26

    what I was telling you about high functioning autism 🙂

  • Cassie S.
    09/20/2019 18:35

    Amy Carrick thought of you x

  • Nekisha R.
    09/20/2019 23:14

    I'm the mother of a little girl who is presumed to be on the autistic spectrum, she has further interventions and testings to be done before she is further diagnosed though. She also has attention span issues.

  • Oussama A.
    09/21/2019 00:29

    hahuma autistic bhalk kima gal Ryze

  • Angelica R.
    09/21/2019 16:55

    Thank you for having more representation of autistic women and girls! I have 2 autistic daughters, each presents differently, but brilliant in their own ways. It’s hard navigating the school system because “high functioning” makes some teachers forget the underlying autism is what makes learning in a standardized system so difficult for autistics. The general public is also used to seeing the male presentation of autism, a brilliant person with a lot of brusqueness, and therefore dismiss the autism because of the brilliance. They don’t understand the stims, the difficulty concentrating, the social challenges, on top of trying to learn in an environment that is hyper stimulating. (Sorry for rambling!)

  • Aziz Z.
    09/21/2019 20:33

    why are they speaking like that ARE THEY AUTISTIC

  • Franco S.
    09/22/2019 00:20

    Assburgers

  • Pedro Z.
    09/22/2019 02:38

    I know a coupole guys former member of spec forces who are under the spectrum of asperger. Level of violence: The old testament

  • Emily R.
    09/22/2019 05:12

    It was a pleasure to work with all of you! Thank you for everything!

  • Antukita D.
    09/23/2019 22:30

    💙❤😘

  • Johana S.
    09/24/2019 00:18

    eres muy top

  • Johnnie M.
    09/24/2019 16:25

    SUM TEACHERS NEEDS THIS VIDEO I run into one that didn't get IT

  • Shosho A.
    09/24/2019 23:41

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  • Areesha F.
    09/25/2019 05:51

    Is there any YouTube link for this video?

  • Nathan D.
    09/26/2019 00:32

    I have a classmate who has Asperger's syndrome and this is the first time in my life I met someone who has it, so it's hard for me and other classmates to react to whatever he does and try to help him because we didn't know what to do. Some of us got tired and get super annoyed every time he asked a question to the lecturer something that it's obvious and didn't need to be asked. We thought the syndrome only affects his attitude towards other people (he got scolded by a lecturer once, and debated with many lecturers something that's actually not worth mentioning - well, at least for me). This video definitely helped me a lot.