How autism freed me to be myself

Rosie King Rosie King challenges stereotypes of people with autism and contextualizes the issue by asking us, “Why be normal?” “Some people might call my obsession with facts boring. I call it FOCUS.” – Rosie King ABOUT ROSIE When she was nine years old, doctors confirmed Rosie King’s self-diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. With two younger siblings severely affected by autism, Rosie had a burning desire to help make the world a more tolerant place for people with autism ever since she was a young girl. She found the opportunity to do so when her family was invited to do a local news segment on her mother’s children’s books that featured Rosie’s illustrations. Her lack of inhibition made her a natural presenter, and she was asked to host BBC Newsround’s special program “My Autism and Me,” bringing her a much wider audience and an Emmy Kid’s Award. Rosie continues to raise awareness about autism, and is working towards her goal of becoming a professional actress and storyteller. INTRIGUED? HERE’S MORE… If you could meet your 10-year-old self, what would you tell her?  I’d tell her the darkness won’t last forever, and that no matter how big and scary the monsters may seem you’ll find that one little spark of [...] continue the story

Through My Eyes – Rosie’s Story.

Uploaded on Feb 19, 2012

A BBC Documentary Looking at Autism

My Autism and Me

Uploaded on Jan 30, 2012

CBBC Newsround – My Autism and Me LICENCE – all rights reserved by BBC, CBBC Programmes, Newsround In this Newsround Special, 13-year-old Rosie takes viewers into her world to explain what it’s like to grow up with autism – a condition which affects how children see life, and the way they relate to others around them. With the help of beautifully crafted animation, Rosie introduces other children who have the condition: Tony, who gets totally obsessed with things but struggles to make friends, Ben, who has suffered from terrible bullying, and Rosie’s own little brother Lenny, who turns the house upside-down daily to try and make sense of things. These children tell their own stories in their own words to give a vivid and moving insight into what it’s like to be autistic. It’s a condition that affects the way you live your life and see the world around you. Our presenter Rosie was born with autism. She says even though living with it is difficult, it makes her unique and who she is. As well as telling her own story, you’ll find out how Ben, Tony and Lenny are affected by the condition.

Lots of children with autism get bullied at school and [...] continue the story