Alix Generous: How I learned to communicate my inner life with Asperger's
Alix Generous - Advocate
Alix Generous is a college student and biology researcher with Asperger syndrome. She stresses the importance of building accepting environments for all kinds of minds. Full bio
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my personal statement to college
instincts and language.
test, and troubleshoot everything --
in his mind, accurately.
to our species, anyway.
to hyper-focus on things that interest me.
I had an affair with calculus
than some celebrity marriages.
unusual things about me.
that I don't have much inflection
often confuse me with a GPS.
a challenge, unless you need directions.
for the first time.
what she was talking about.
you know, with your eyes,
one is expected to display.
I struggled to fit in socially.
but I didn't understand them.
and Stephen Colbert --
from being shy and awkward
I did not have many friends.
was like pins and needles,
is up to standards now, though.
and my parents --
when I was sexually assaulted by a peer,
it made a difficult situation worse.
across the country to get treatment,
a new medication,
of the Walking Dead.
and began to hallucinate
were coming towards me.
in those three weeks,
that understood my aversions,
and I got the help I finally needed.
is that oftentimes,
a very complex inner life,
I have a very colorful personality,
going on in my mind.
between where that stands,
with the rest of the world.
basic communication a challenge.
due to my lack of social skills,
24-hour diner --
would dispose of a human corpse ...
topped, capped, and covered.
at an ungodly hour in the night.
with a waitress, and I asked her,
that's happened to you on the job?"
a man walked in completely naked.
for the graveyard shift!"
Waffle House did not hire me.
it can be viewed as a disadvantage,
a real pain in the butt,
to think innovatively.
for my research on coral reefs,
of Biological Diversity,
to graduate college,
company called AutismSees.
and years of pain and trauma.
if there's a better way,
could play an integral role
with autistic spectrum disorder,
by my company, AutismSees,
and help develop communication skills.
eye contact through camera
and job-interview experience.
Waffle House will hire me,
is that I've used Podium
and it's been a great help.
that many innovative scientists,
and engineers have it;
Jane Austen, Isaac Newton, and Bill Gates
often can't be shared
are being overlooked every day,
is to change that,
that prevent them from succeeding.
and physical consequences.
that I create in my mind,
and Angelina is totally cool with it.
technology is bigger than that,
with higher-functioning Asperger's
Temple Grandin, for example.
to share their talents with this world
to pursue their dreams
About the speaker:Alix Generous - Advocate
Alix Generous is a college student and biology researcher with Asperger syndrome. She stresses the importance of building accepting environments for all kinds of minds.
Why you should listen
Alix Generous has Asperger syndrome, but was misdiagnosed for years. A student and researcher who is passionate about molecular biology and neuroscience, she encourages people like her to share their intelligence and insights. She is a co-owner of the startup AutismSees, which develops technology tools to help all kinds of people give presentations.
At 19, Generous won first place in a nationwide competition for her work in quorum sensing and coral reefs. Her paper titled "Environmental Threats on the Symbiotic Relationship of Coral Reefs and Quorum Sensing," was published in Consilience. In November 2013, she was a youth delegate for the UN Convention of Climate Change (COP19), where she negotiated technology transfers and issues of medical importance. She has assisted neuroscience researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina, Tufts University School of Medicine, and the University of Vermont.
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