Teenager Gives Inspiring Talk on Finding Herself Through her Autism

Rosie King, a 16-year-old on the autism spectrum, gave an inspiring TED Talk. “People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label.”

November 24, 2014

“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label.”

Rosie King, a 16-year-old girl on the autism spectrum, recently did TED MED Talk. Rosie believes that her imagination makes her different from any other individual she’ll ever meet in her life.

In her talk, she challenges both those on the spectrum and those not to use their uniqueness to define who they are. Rosie is writing a book now on her life on the autism spectrum and was featured in 2011 as part of BBC Newsround’s special program “My Autism and Me”.

At the end of her talk, Rosie leaves the audience with one question, saying, “If we can’t get inside the person’s mind whether they are autistic or not, instead of punishing anything that strives to be normal, why don’t we celebrate uniqueness and cheer every time someone unleashes their imagination?”


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