What I wasn't expecting was for people to stop being so mad at me. They began to listen. I studied more about what Aspergers was, and my life began to make sense. So I tried speaking again. I made a website, www.ihaveaspergers.webs.com and I started to blog about what my life is like. I realized that other people think, feel, and live differently. It is my job to teach them about what it's like for me. I joined Twitter as @AspergerSadie. I was going to use it to promote my site, but I realized that I could help reach more people through tweeting. I joined Facebook. (Mostly to unlock some video game levels, but I caved in from there.) My YouTube videos seem to be a hit, but in fact, I didn't even start making videos on YouTube until much later. I had signed up under the username erinclem many years before. A great friend from Twitter suggested that I use that old account to advocate more. I now have made over 50 videos, and I plan to make more.
My name is Erin Clemens. I'm 23 years old, and I want to help others understand what my life is like living with Asperger's Syndrome. My hope is that people can learn from what I have been through, and apply it to what may help someone they know on the spectrum. To me, autism isn't a death sentence. It's just a differently lifestyle. The views expressed are my own.
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