Amelia Baggs

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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.[1][2][3][4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

A Campbell, California native, Baggs went to Center for Talented Youth summer programs as a child and, in the mid-1990s, was a student at Simon's Rock College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.[6]


In January 2007, Baggs posted a video on YouTube entitled In My Language[7] describing her experiences as an autistic person, which became the subject of several articles on CNN.[8][9][10] She also guest-blogged about her video on Anderson Cooper's blog[11] and answered questions from the audience via email.[12] About Baggs, Sanjay Gupta said:[9]

Personal life[edit]

On Baggs' blogs, she writes about other disabilities that she has been diagnosed and misdiagnosed with, including bipolar disorder, dissociative disorder, psychotic disorder, schizophrenia[6] and gastroparesis.[13]

Baggs moved from California to Vermont in order to be closer to a friend in 2005.[14] [15] In June 2014, she publicly announced that she had legally changed her first name to ‘Amelia’ and had begun to use the nickname ‘Mel.’[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wolman, David. "yeah, i’m autistic You got a problem with that?" (PDF). Wired. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Autism Movement Seeks Acceptance, Not Cures". NPR. 2006-06-26. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  3. ^ "Interview with ‘Asperger’s Are Us‏’". Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  4. ^ Erin Anderssen. "'Autistics': We don't want a cure". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  5. ^ "Kindergartners Vote Classmate With Disabilities 'Off the Island'". Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  6. ^ a b Amy S.F. Lutz (2013-01-16). "Autism neurodiversity: Does facilitated communication work, and who speaks for the severely autistic?". Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  7. ^ Baggs, Amelia. "In My Language" on YouTube. Retrieved 23 February 2007.
  8. ^ Gajilan, A. Chris. "Living with autism in a world made for others". CNN, February 22, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  9. ^ a b Gupta, Sanjay. "Behind the veil of autism". CNN, 20 February 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  10. ^ Abedin, Shahreen. "Video reveals world of autistic woman". CNN, Anderson Cooper blog, 21 February 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  11. ^ Cooper, Anderson. "Why we should listen to 'unusual' voices". CNN, Anderson Cooper blog, February 21, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  12. ^ "Amanda Baggs answers your questions". CNN, Anderson Cooper blog, 22 February 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  13. ^ Baggs, Amelia. "Feeding tubes and weird ideas". 
  14. ^ "Living With Autism In A World Made For Others". Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ "The Language of Autism". February 28, 2008. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  16. ^ "This is a very excited picture of me with my name". June 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 

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