Man with Autism Shares Brilliant TED Talk About Life on the Spectrum

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If you’ve never seen a TED Talk, it’s time to start. TED Talks are a way for people with brilliant ideas to communicate with the rest of the world and, in most cases, inspire them to take action. The goal is both entertainment and increased awareness of a problem and its potential solution.

This one had me laughing before the first 30 seconds were up.

In this talk, entitled “Dear Society…Signed, Autism,” Daniel Share-Strom, a 26-year-old man with a communication degree who happens to have autism, awakens us to the fact that people on the autism spectrum are often judged by how far they are from “normal” instead of by what their strengths are.

Hear some of Daniel’s most comedic stories about life with autism in the video below.

If you’re interested in learning more about autism…

Check out another TED Talk about the research being done on autism, what we know about it, and what we still have left to figure out.

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