Amanda Baggs

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Amanda Melissa Baggs (born 1980) is an American blogger who predominantly writes on the subject of autism. Baggs reportedly does not speak and has been labeled as having low-functioning autism.[1][2][3][4][5]


In January 2007, Baggs posted a video on YouTube entitled In My Language[6] describing the experience of living as a person with autism, which became the subject of several articles on CNN.[7][8][9] Baggs also guest-blogged about the video on Anderson Cooper's blog[10] and answered questions from the audience via email.[11] About Baggs, Sanjay Gupta said:[8]

Video artist Mark Leckey admitted that he is, in a sense, envious of Baggs' empathic relationship to inanimate objects.[12] The singing at the beginning of Leckey's video Prop4aShw is from Baggs' In My Language.[13]

Personal life[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 the Simon's Rock College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Several classmates of theirs have subsequently claimed that they "spoke, attended classes, dated, and otherwise acted in a completely typical fashion." Baggs does not dispute those details online, but claims they lost their speech in their 20s.[14]

In addition to autism, Baggs has also been diagnosed with and writes about other disabilities, including bipolar disorder, dissociative disorder, psychotic disorder, and gastroparesis.[15] Baggs moved from California to Vermont in order to be closer to a friend in 2005.[16][17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wolman, David. "The Truth About Autism: Scientists Reconsider What They Think They Know". Wired. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  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. ^ Baggs, Amanda. "In My Language" on YouTube. Retrieved 23 February 2007.
  7. ^ Gajilan, A. Chris. "Living with autism in a world made for others". CNN, February 22, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  8. ^ a b Gupta, Sanjay. "Behind the veil of autism". CNN, 20 February 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  9. ^ Abedin, Shahreen. "Video reveals world of autistic woman". CNN, Anderson Cooper blog, 21 February 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  10. ^ Cooper, Anderson. "Why we should listen to 'unusual' voices". CNN, Anderson Cooper blog, February 21, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  11. ^ "Amanda Baggs answers your questions". CNN, Anderson Cooper blog, 22 February 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  12. ^ Jonathan Griffin, A Thing for Things, Frieze, Issue 160, January 2014. Archived 2015-06-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Mark Leckey". We Find Wilderness. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  14. ^ Amy S.F. Lutz (2013-01-16). "Autism neurodiversity: Does facilitated communication work, and who speaks for the severely autistic?". Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  15. ^ Baggs, Mel. "Feeding tubes and weird ideas". 
  16. ^ "Living With Autism In A World Made For Others". Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  17. ^ "The Language of Autism". February 28, 2008. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 

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