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WATCH: Ross-shire teenager shares experience of autism as part of ongoing awareness week supported by Fortrose Academy


By Hector MacKenzie

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A BLACK Isle schoolgirl has been sharing her experience of autism through a series of videos posted by the secondary she attends.

Victoria Wylie, who is 17, has already helped raise awareness of autism by giving talks both to assemblies at Fortrose Academy and 11 primary schools.

Her efforts in raising awareness have been praised by parents and teachers alike.

The video clips posted by Fortrose Academy coincide with Autism Awareness Week.

The S5 pupil revealed how she had decided to come out as autistic to her entire year group while in S2 after discussing it with friends.

She had prior to that produced a PowerPoint presentation used when giving talks about it but felt that something was missing. Admitting that she was left "trembling" before sharing her condition, she said the warm response from many of her counterparts had been a pleasant surprise.

She said: It has had an impact on so many people." She said it had helped stop bullying in some primary schools.

She said: "Telling people about your disability is quite personal and something you should do in your own time. It's your choice."

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