Amanda Baggs (born 1980, California, United States) is an American autism rights activist. She does not speak and has been labeled as having "low-functioning" autism. [1 ] [2 ] [3 ] [4 ]
Baggs went to the
Center for Talented Youth summer program as a child and was a student at Simon's Rock College in the mid-1990s. [5 ]
In January 2007, Baggs published a video on
YouTube entitled In My Language describing her experiences as an [6 ] autistic person, which became the subject of several articles on CNN. [7 ] [8 ] She also guest-blogged about her video on [9 ] Anderson Cooper's blog and answered questions from the audience via email. [10 ] [11 ]
Sanjay Gupta said: [8 ]
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 says she has been diagnosed with, including
bipolar disorder, dissociative disorder, psychotic disorder, schizophrenia and [5 ] gastroparesis. [12 ]
Baggs lives in a public housing project managed by the Burlington Housing Authority in
Burlington, Vermont. [13 ] [14 ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b Amy S.F. Lutz (2013-01-16). "Autism neurodiversity: Does facilitated communication work, and who speaks for the severely autistic?". Slate.com . Retrieved 2013-09-29.
^ Baggs, Amanda. "In My Language". YouTube. Retrieved 23 February 2007.
^ Gajilan, A. Chris. "Living with autism in a world made for others". CNN, February 22, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
^ a b Gupta, Sanjay. "Behind the veil of autism". CNN, 20 February 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
^ Abedin, Shahreen. "Video reveals world of autistic woman". CNN, Anderson Cooper blog, 21 February 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
^ 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, Amanda. "Feeding tubes and weird ideas".
^ Wolman, David (2013-03-28). "The Truth About Autism: Scientists Reconsider What They Think They Know". Wired.com . Retrieved 2013-09-29.
^ "The Language of Autism". Well.blogs.nytimes.com . Retrieved 2013-09-29.
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