Most people are unaware of the symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome — they include an unusually high IQ and a difficulty surviving in the social world.
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My doctor told me that one in a million people have multiple pterygium syndrome — a combination of congenital scoliosis and a joint disorder that makes it hard to move my arms and legs. At the age of 10, I went from being a kid who climbed trees and ran just about everywhere, to one who might never play sports again. I felt angry and alone.
Growing up not being able to go to my dad for guidance has really had an impact on my life.
I was mesmerized by the stereotypical California surfer girl look — you know, beach blonde hair, gold tan and blue eyes.
It’s been years since my dad was a regular presence in my life. Sometimes I can go a year without seeing him.
Earlier this year, more than 70 media organizations came together to focus attention on the issue of homelessness. Youth Radio was proud to be a part of this effort, shedding light specifically on the experience of homeless young people.
I was 13 years old the night I became homeless. I was fighting with family — that happened a lot — and my mom finally told me to get out. I could tell it was serious this time. So I did.
We die for the right to love and be loved. We die protecting our own, because the law has yet to protect us. We die because we stand up for ourselves. We die to be seen.
“As a first-year college student, I hope that I’ll be able to focus more on making friends and challenging myself academically than on worrying about my safety.”
Youth Radio is piloting a first-person podcast series. Driven by diaries, music, and immersive audio, listeners get to ride shotgun with teens…