"From a New Perspective"
Inspiring Autism Acceptance
Autism is a disorder that can impair a person’s development and/or ability to communicate with others. It cannot be defined as a single condition because it affects each individual differently and to varying degrees on a spectrum, which makes the disorder extremely difficult to understand. 1 in 59 children are diagnosed and more than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder today. Although many people know that autism exists, they sometimes fail to understand what the diagnosis truly means, or how they can help accommodate for those who experience it. As an advocate, I dedicate my time to speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves, and I inspire others to look at autism #FromANewPerspective.
As Miss Central Pennsylvania, I have a unique opportunity to promote my platform across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. My goals are to encourage others to respect and value each other's diversity, to diminish stereotypes and negative attitudes people still hold towards autism, and to slowly but surely move our communities to places of inclusion. I proudly consider myself an Autism Ally and inspire Autism Acceptance throughout all of our communities. I'm humbled to be partnered with and involved in organizations that are passionate about empowering individuals with disabilities, such as the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and the Central Pennsylvania Autism Community, and I look forward to expanding these partnerships throughout my year of service.
In February of 2018, I launched my "State-Wide Autism Acceptance Tour". This is a program for "From a New Perspective", in which I visit schools and speak to students about the importance of inclusion, acceptance, and compassion for our peers with autism. To learn more about this initiative, please visit the "ACCEPTANCE TOUR" tab above or by clicking the button below.
In May of 2017, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Syracuse University. I am currently pursuing my Master of Health Science degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Missouri. I aspire to work as a Speech-Language Pathologist in order to continue my advocacy for people with autism and work hands on with children by improving their social, communication and language skills through early intervention. The exposure I have gained through my education and experiences motivates me to challenge mainstream ideas about disabilities on the local, state and national level.
It is a blessing to make an impact in my community as a Miss America local titleholder, and I am thrilled to represent this platform while serving as your