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Meet Erin of The Autism Speaks Network

Meet Erin Clemens, otherwise known as @AspergerSadie! She is one of the content partners featured on The Autism Speaks Network. You can download the app for iOS devices (iPhone & iPad) or Android devices. Erin helps us get to know her in the following post.
Growing up was confusing to me.  For my whole life, it felt like no matter how hard I tried I couldn't get things right.  People gave me strange looks.  They became angry over things which didn't make sense to me.  It seemed to me that people were just being nit-picky.  I tried to tell them that I was lost, but no one seemed to hear me.  In 10th grade, after 15 long, tiring years, I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.  Of course, at that time I didn't know what it was.  I shrugged it off.  I hadn't changed.

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, 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. 


The Autism Speaks Network is a new digital network designed to be the home of premier autism video content online and mobile. The Autism Speaks Network (TASN) is a subsidiary of Autism Speaks and will curate important shows like Autism Live, @AspergerSadie, Kerry’s Korner, The Autism Team, The Dr. G Aspie Show and Autism Today TV, and house them in one location for simple and convenient viewing.