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Greta Thunberg Says Aspergers Is Her Superpower

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is known internationally for continuously and courageously working to combat climate change. She was the face of the Global Climate Strikes, inspiring millions of people — more specifically, young people — to rally in more than 150 countries, as CBS News reports. And, she says her Asperger’s syndrome diagnosis is her “superpower.”

She told  “CBS This Morning” that Aspergers, which is a condition on the autism spectrum that affects social interaction and nonverbal communication, has helped her deliver her message to the masses. “What I want people to do now is to become aware of the crisis that is here,” she said.

She’s not afraid to speak up for what she believes in, even if she’s talking to VIPs of parliaments and governments. “I just know what is right and I want to do what is right,” she told CBS. “I want to make sure I have done anything, everything in my power to stop this crisis from happening… I have Aspergers, I’m on the autism spectrum, so I don’t really care about social codes that way.”

Before her name became internationally recognized, she hadn’t shared about being on the autism spectrum, in part, because she knew “many ignorant people still see it as an ‘illness’, or something negative,” she tweeted. Aspergers was officially categorized as a diagnosis on the autism spectrum 2013, according to the Autism Society.

I’m not public about my diagnosis to “hide” behind it, but because I know many ignorant people still see it as an “illness”, or something negative. And believe me, my diagnosis has limited me before.

— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 31, 2019

“When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!” she wrote, adding the hashtag #aspiepower.

Excerpted from “Greta Thunberg Says Aspergers Is Her Superpower” in Refinery29https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/09/8467381/greta-thunberg-autism-superpower-speak-out-climate-change. Read the full article.

Source: Refinery29 | Greta Thunberg Says Aspergers Is Her Superpower, https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/09/8467381/greta-thunberg-autism-superpower-speak-out-climate-change | © 2019 Refinery29 Inc.

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