When Miss Montana Alexis Wineman puts on her evening gown and walks onto the Miss America competition stage on Saturday, she’ll do so not just as this year’s youngest contestant (she’s 18), but also as its first-ever contestant with autism.
Why does it matter that she’s autistic, and apparently mildly autistic at that. “Wineman says she has ‘very mild symptoms,’ including melting down in stressful situations, occasional difficulty communicating and taking things literally.”
Based on those symptoms, I think I’m autistic!
I cannot wait for the day when we get to read: “She’s the first autistic bi-sexual with a glass left eye to win Miss Wyoming. We’ve come such a long way and yet still have so far to go!”