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Adults with autism

This post is from Kerry Magro, Social Media Coordinator at Autism Speaks. This post starts a new initiative on our site called "In Our Own Words: Living on the Spectrum" which highlights the experiences of individuals with autism. 

James Durbin, who rose to fame as a finalist on the tenth season of American Idol, just released his new single, "Parachute," which is now available on iTunes. James was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and Tourette Syndrome when he was 10 years old at Stanford Medical Center. A portion of the proceeds from his new album "Celebrate," which comes out on April 8, 2014, will benefit Autism Speaks. 

This guest post is from Ryan Rogers, a young adult on the autism spectrum. Ryan is certified Worldwide for karate through the Nihon Karate Do Kenwa Kai - Tennessee branch at Green's Karate. Ryan was just diagnosed with Aspergers earlier this year. In 2012, Ryan became the "first documented person in history with autism to win a medal (bronze) in kata in the 18 to 34 year old novice non-handicap division at the U.S Karate Nationals (usankf.org)." Ryan shared a little bit about himself with us below!