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Invisible Diversity: A Story of Undiagnosed Autism by Carrie Beckwith-Fellows (Transcript)

Carrie Beckwith-Fellows at TEDxVilnius

Following is the full text of Carrie Beckwith-Fellows’ talk titled “Invisible Diversity: A Story Of Undiagnosed Autism” at TEDxVilnius conference. In this talk, Carrie shares her own personal journey towards diagnosis of autism: why it took 35 years, and what are the root causes for such invisible diversity?

TRANSCRIPT:

Everyone in this room has a unique voice — something about you that is different from others. And I want you to take a moment to think about what that difference is.

Some of you can teach; some of you can create amazing pieces of art; some of you can solve mathematical problems with ease, while others can care for and nurture others unconditionally.

Now, I want you to imagine what it would be like if for your entire life, you had no idea that difference existed. There is a group of people whose unique voice, whose very diversity, is so well hidden that it’s invisible, even to themselves.

I was one of those people. I am autistic, and I had no idea until I was diagnosed at the age of 35. Autism is a condition that affects how a person communicates, how they relate to people, and how they experience the world around them.

Autistic people see, hear, and feel the world differently than non-autistic people. And while no two autistic people are the same, we do share common traits, such as how we communicate, how we are able to plan and carry out tasks.

The level of difficulty a person has with these traits will shape where they fit on the spectrum.

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