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How autism freed me to be myself

I havent told many people this, but in my head, Ive got thousands of secret worlds all going on all at the same time.

People tend to diagnose autism with really specific check-box descriptions, but in reality, its a whole variation as to what were like.

But thats not just with autistic people, either.

One of the things I can do because Im autistic its an ability rather than a disability is Ive got a very, very vivid imagination.

But if you think about it, what is normal?

All in all, I wouldnt trade my autism and my imagination for the world.

Thank you.

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    People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label, says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness. Its a soaring testament to the potential of human diversity.TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes . Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at Follow TED news on Twitter: Like TED on Facebook: Subscribe to our channel:

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    There are camps for LGBTQ people or autistic people to try and make them this normal, and thats terrifying that people would do that in this day and age. King says she wouldnt trade her autism or one of her best traits, her imagination, for anything in the world. And she hopes that others can learn to realize that there is no room for fear of variety. We dont have to exist in one box, because thats just stifling. We would be better off spending our time, rather than punishing things that stray from normal, celebrating uniqueness, because what a beautifully liberating feeling it is to know you are like no one else in the world but yourself. .

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