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Being Green (Autistic Words)

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Published on Nov 3, 2009

I created this video in 2009 as part of a graduate school project, shortly after learning that I was on the autism spectrum. Pursuing an autism diagnosis as a young adult helped me overcome the complex challenges that come with social difficulties. It also gave me a perspective on the advantages students with autism have in life & the classroom. In 2007 I was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, and in 2013 I was named one of my university's "Thirty Under Thirty" alumni. I have a great job as a community librarian that utilizes my "Aspergian" skills in organizing and using codes, data and information.

As a high-functioning young adult, I sometimes wonder if being open about my experience with Autism-Spectrum Disorder (as Asperger's is now called) hurts my career prospects. I'm not even sure if I'd make the same video today. But knowing I am "on the spectrum" has definitely helped me bridge the gap and overcome my feelings of isolation. I am always glad to talk with students, parents and educators about coping with autism-spectrum disorders in childhood and young adulthood. You can email me at nvbinder@gmail.com.

Soundtrack credit: "Polaroid Lucid Dream" by Geert Veneklass, available legal & free at CCmixter (CC-BY-NC): http://ccmixter.org/files/geertvenekl....

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