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Posted On: 20th Oct 2016

Asperger's Appeal

Jenny explains what it's like living with Asperger's syndrome
Jenny has made a Fixers film to educate people about the condition

Jenny Brooks is showing that having Asperger’s syndrome is no reason to put limits on life.

 

The 20-year-old from Leicester - who was diagnosed at the age of 13 - wants others with the condition to understand that they can still achieve great things.

 

She has produced a 'spoken word' film with Fixers in which she talks about her own life, and explains some aspects of Asperger's, which is a form of autism.

 

She says: ‘I was always quiet as a youngster and often struggled in social situations.

 

‘When I was diagnosed, I didn't think that was me. Sometimes I’d meet others with the condition and think the doctors must have it wrong about me.

 

‘Then I slowly realised that this was part of my life and something I had to accept.

 

‘Many people think that Asperger’s syndrome is the same for everyone - it’s not. It can affect people in different ways, but doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying life.’

 

 

Jenny, who is currently in her second year at De Montfort University studying English language and Creative writing, hopes to show her film around the campus.

 

She says: ‘There is plenty of awareness about Asperger’s syndrome, but I feel that a lot of it is quite general.

 

‘I hope by sharing my own story will make people see it can vary massively from person to person.

 

‘But also, I want the film to inspire others with the condition to accept who they are and be proud.' 

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: N. Farooq

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