|Autism rights movement|
Amelia Baggs (born 1980 as Amanda Baggs in California, United States) is an American autism rights activist. She reportedly does not speak and has been labeled as having "low-functioning" autism.
Early life and education
In January 2007, Baggs posted a video on YouTube entitled In My Language describing her experiences as an autistic person, which became the subject of several articles on CNN. She also guest-blogged about her video on Anderson Cooper's blog and answered questions from the audience via email. About Baggs, Sanjay Gupta said:
|“||She told me that because she doesn't communicate with conventional spoken word, she is written off, discarded and thought of as mentally retarded. Nothing could be further from the truth. As I sat with her in her apartment, I couldn't help but wonder how many more people like Amanda are out there, hidden, but reachable, if we just tried harder.||”|
On Baggs' blogs, she writes about other disabilities that she has been diagnosed and misdiagnosed with, including bipolar disorder, dissociative disorder, psychotic disorder, schizophrenia and gastroparesis.
Baggs moved from California to Vermont in order to be closer to a friend in 2005.  In June 2014, she publicly announced that she had legally changed her first name to ‘Amelia’ and had begun to use the nickname ‘Mel.’
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- Baggs, Amelia. "In My Language" on YouTube. Retrieved 23 February 2007.
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- Cooper, Anderson. "Why we should listen to 'unusual' voices". CNN, Anderson Cooper blog, February 21, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
- "Amanda Baggs answers your questions". CNN, Anderson Cooper blog, 22 February 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
- Baggs, Amelia. "Feeding tubes and weird ideas".
- "Living With Autism In A World Made For Others". CNN.com. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
- "The Language of Autism". Well.blogs.nytimes.com. February 28, 2008. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
- "This is a very excited picture of me with my name". June 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2014.