Amelia Evelyn Voicy Baggs (born 1980 as Amanda Melissa Baggs in California, United States) is an American blogger who predominantly writes on the subject of autism. Sie reportedly does not speak and has been labeled as having low-functioning autism. They are also agender and prefer sie/hir pronouns.
Early life and education
Born in 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.
In January 2007, Baggs posted a video on YouTube entitled In My Language describing their experiences as an autistic person, which became the subject of several articles on CNN. Baggs also guest-blogged about their 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.||”|
Video artist Mark Leckey admitted that he is, in a sense, envious of Baggs' empathic relationship to inanimate objects. The singing at the beginning of Leckey's video Prop4aShw is from In My Language.
- Wolman, David. "yeah, i'm autistic You got a problem with that?" (PDF). Wired. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Autism Movement Seeks Acceptance, Not Cures". NPR. 2006-06-26. Retrieved 2013-12-23.
- "Interview with 'Asperger's Are Us'". Thesomervillenews.com. Retrieved 2013-12-23.
- Erin Anderssen. "'Autistics': We don't want a cure". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-12-23.
- "Kindergartners Vote Classmate With Disabilities 'Off the Island'". Digitaljournal.com. Retrieved 2013-12-23.
- "Coming Out". withasmoothroundstone.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2015-08-11.
- 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, Amelia. "In My Language" on 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.
- 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, 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.
- Jonathan Griffin, A Thing for Things, Frieze, Issue 160, January 2014.
- "Mark Leckey". We Find Wilderness. Retrieved 11 June 2015.