Chloe, 15.

I’m 15 years old. I was actually diagnosed with Asperger’s when I was 11, so I didn’t really understand it until about age 13, I felt ashamed and different. Now, Autism/Asperger’s is a part of me and I am proud to be one of the Aspies in this world.

I explain Autism/Asperger’s by just saying that it affects my anxiety and social life, and I have struggled with it in the past, but it helps me understand who I truly am. To me Autism to me means a condition that makes some people feel puzzled, or down. and a lot of kids and adults struggle with it but it does not make them any different!

My artistic talent is gymnastics and photography. I started doing cartwheels all over the place and wanted to learn flips, so I went to gymnastics and a year later I was moved up to level 5! Photography has always been one of my passions and I used to watch my uncle take photos with his special cameras, so I got inspired and last Christmas (2017) I got a professional Nikon camera, and since then I’ve been obsessed.

I post photos and videos of my gymnastics and photography on Instagram and Facebook. I feel excited because they make me feel proud that I can do/make such creative things!

Autism helps me to be creative because I use my brain and it turns anything into something beautiful.

I am saying I CAN to life, at first, I was saying I can’t but now that I am almost 16 I have grown to know that I was born for a reason.

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