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Digital Storytelling Series – Elana from Fairfax, VA

Digital Storytelling Series – Elana from Fairfax, VA Elana is standing beside a wall with the SPARC logo. She wears a red hat and is pointing at the sign

Elena is a 20 year-old autistic woman who lives in Fairfax, VA. Adopted from Russia, Elena experienced childhood in a new country with adoptive parents that assisted her with getting adjusted in public school. In this episode, Elena shares some of her experiences in mental healthcare systems from multiple states, grade school and college, and […]

Digital Storytelling Series – Adam from Burke, VA

Digital Storytelling Series – Adam from Burke, VA Adam sits in his power chair in an office.

This story is about Adam, a 36-year old man living with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy from Burke, Virginia. Adam discusses his daily life living with a physical disability including the supports he needs, the assistive technology he uses, his transition into a group home, and obstacles he has faced in getting mental health treatment. These […]

Digital Storytelling Series – Micah from Louisville, KY

Digital Storytelling Series – Micah from Louisville, KY A woman sitting on a coach smiling at the camera

Micah Peace is a twenty-six year old autistic person from Louisville, KY. After receiving a false diagnosis of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, they lived much of their childhood and adolescence confused about why pharmaceutical medications seemed to produce a negative effect on their behavior and habits. During their transition into college, Micah spoke with other professionals about the possibility of being autistic. As a result, their life trajectory has changed for the better. Micah now advocates for others with autism, as a founding member of the Kentucky Autism Spectrum Alliance.