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    Posted April 3, 2012 by
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    Life with autism: Share your story

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     'I want to share with the world that everyone with autism has talents to share if you know where to look,' says KatMuir, of Indianapolis, Indiana. 'The way our brains interpret the world makes us different, but it enables us to be just as happy and successful.' KatMuir likes many things about having autism - the way her senses interact. For example, each number is associated with a color in her mind. 'Whether we are awkward socially or do not communicate in a "typical" verbal way, does not mean that we don't have ideas or feelings,' she says. She is a 24-year-old speech-language pathologist working at Easter Seals Crossroads.
    - ssesha, CNN iReport producer

    I am in love with language. Not just English, but also German, French, Spanish, Mandarin, and American Sign Language. I love comparing the structure of each one, the way sounds differ from one language to another, and the shades of meaning that words in each language have. Language has talked me into an enjoyable career as a speech therapist.
    Oh yes -- I also have Asperger's Syndrome.
    I am especially sensitive to sound. I usually go to the grocery store in the evening when it is quieter. When I know there will be lots of noise or many people talking at once, I wear my headphones. But if it weren't for the way my brain plays with sound, would I be able to immerse myself in languages the way I do?
    Just like everyone, people on the spectrum have things we're good at and other things that we're... not so good at! It's all about how we think about and use our abilities. Take your special interest and nourish it. Be "aumazing"!

    "Sound of Silence" -- Gregorian

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