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In Our Own Words

This teacher who herself is on the autism spectrum says that, "You have to believe in who you are and not let autism define you. Don’t let anyone or your self-doubts ever hold you back."

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Jeanine even came out about her autism diagnosis to her friends in college who say they admire her more because of her openness.

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"Now I realize that having autism has left me different from other kids, and that’s okay. Regardless of how “normal” I try to be, autism will always be a part of me. Not all of me, but still a part of me."

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I’ve learned that living on the autism spectrum requires me to have support. I can’t run my race without support. My wife is committed to helping me navigate social situations by helping me feel safe, feeding me cues and clues, and recognizing when I am beginning to feel overwhelmed and stepping in to give me some relief.

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"People would bully or tease me at a younger age because with being on the spectrum I would say or do things out of the ordinary, have wig out moments from loud noises, have a hard time understanding jokes/sarcasm (which I still struggle with to this day) and some of those things I did were considered “different” from everyone else."

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"I may be autistic, but I’m also a performer, theatre artist, professional playwright, writer, public speaker, advocate, and most importantly, a human being."

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"If you have autism you can achieve anything you put your mind to. I truly believe that there will be leaders who are autistic that will shatter glass ceilings and be successful."

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"As difficult as it might be at times, try to find it in your heart to forgive those who harshly judge you based upon any aspect of your autism spectrum disorder."

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