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Liane Holliday Willey Autism Project

by Alexa MacKinnon

Mr. Olcott

on 14 March 2013

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Transcript of Liane Holliday Willey Autism Project

By: Alexa MacKinnon The Life of Liane Holliday Willey Childhood Thank you for watching! Liane was born in 1959. Everyone always knew she was unique, but nobody understood why. When she was four, she met with a psychiatrist who diagnosed her with high anxiety, OCD, math dyslexia, comprehensive problems, and many other behavioral and mental afflictions. Despite the uncertainty about Liane's disorders, she perservered and went to college and graduated with:
-a bachelor's degree in Speech Communications (1981)
-a master's degree in Education (1983)
-a doctorate in Reading-Education Psycholinguistics (1988) Education - Pretending to be Normal: Living With Asperger's Syndrome
- Asperger Syndrome in the Family: Redefining Normal
- Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence: Living With the Ups and Downs and Things in Between
-Safety Skills for Asperger Women ~ How to Save a Perfectly Good Female Life Books: Since Liane wasn't diagnosed with Asperger's until she was forty years old, she had to go through the majority of her life without knowing why she was so unique. All this uncertainty could have taken a toll on Liane, but she was determined not to let it. She made friends- despite the hardships linked with Asperger's- who helped her when she went through bad times. Later she went on to graduate with her doctorate before even knowing what was making everyday things difficult. After she did learn that she had Aspergers, she wrote four books to help other people. Overall the great perseverance and determination Liane developed from her 'dis'ability turned out to make her a better person. Guiding Questions Although Liane had a hard time concentrating and communicating at first, she made new friends who helped her deal with her differences in healthy ways. Her friends, family, and physicians helped her throughout her early life. A Few Years Later In 1999... Dr. Tony Atwood officially diagnosed Liane with Asperger Syndrome. Liane attained this information at the age of forty, eleven years after she graduated with her doctorate. How did Liane's disabilities turn out to be abilities?
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