Alexis Wineman, Miss Montana 2012's, desire to help people with autism comes from experience.
Wineman was diagnosed with Pervasive Development Disorder(PDD-NOS), including borderline Aspergers Syndrome when she was 11 years old. Following her diagnosis came years of counseling, an exhaustive battery of tests and at least one misdiagnosis.
Wineman was often teased and bullied during her school years and avoided interaction with others when she was younger.
February 2, 2012
Autism Speaks is concerned that planned revisions to the definition of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may restrict diagnoses in ways that may deny vital medical treatments and social services to some people on the autism spectrum. These revisions concern the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), scheduled for publication in spring 2013.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to facilitating global research into the causes, treatments and prevention of autism by:
• Promoting cross-disciplinary cooperation
• Funding research
• Organizing research summit meetings
• Establishing standards for data collection and management to benefit the scientific community
As an Autism Speaks spokesperson, Kerry Magro produces “Kerry’s Korner,” an ongoing video series on YouTube. Kerry was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at age 4.