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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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31 comments

  • Fatuma P.
    09/30/2019 09:30

    come see sweetheart I know you will learn more here...

  • Elly M.
    09/30/2019 01:25

    I'm the mother of a super Aspie. She's so smart and talented. and she's loved by so many people.

  • Ronald C.
    09/29/2019 19:54

    Field marshal Montgomery had same.

  • ميمي ك.
    09/28/2019 19:55

    I want to know more about Asperger's

  • Jefferson A.
    09/27/2019 22:21

    I had to tag you man

  • Jean C.
    09/27/2019 05:52

    Ciriaco

  • Jia B.
    09/26/2019 22:43

    Maria NinaCasinto pareha ni max miss

  • Ralph N.
    09/26/2019 14:00

    Found my fellow Aspies

  • Benu P.
    09/26/2019 12:46

    In the west everyone has some kind of syndrome for unknown reason

  • Em N.
    09/26/2019 09:29

    the accountant on real life

  • John D.
    09/26/2019 01:31

    freaks

  • 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.

  • Areesha F.
    09/25/2019 05:51

    Is there any YouTube link for this video?

  • Shosho A.
    09/24/2019 23:41

    صباح التفاؤل�y

  • Johnnie M.
    09/24/2019 16:25

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

  • Johana S.
    09/24/2019 00:18

    eres muy top

  • Antukita D.
    09/23/2019 22:30

    💙❤😘

  • Emily R.
    09/22/2019 05:12

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

  • 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

  • Franco S.
    09/22/2019 00:20

    Assburgers