Erin Clemens: Turning Autism into a Superpower for Advocacy and Awareness

Erin ClemensErin Clemens, a 2019 graduate of Delaware County Community College, will share her personal experience s in "Autism and Success in the Classroom" on April 2 at 3 p.m. on DCCC's Marple Campus, and virtually. PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of DCCC /Submitted Image

MEDIA, PA — From navigating the challenges of autism to becoming a beacon of hope and inspiration, Erin Clemens’ story is nothing short of remarkable. A 2019 graduate of Delaware County Community College (DCCC), Clemens has transformed her personal journey with autism into a powerful platform for advocacy and awareness.

On Tuesday, April 2, Clemens will take center stage at DCCC to deliver a compelling lecture titled “Autism and Success in the Classroom.” Drawing from her firsthand experiences, she plans to shed light on the unique challenges and opportunities faced by differently-abled students. Her talk is part of the college’s ongoing Dialogues for Diversity Series, which aims to foster inclusivity and understanding through open dialogue.

Clemens’ advocacy work extends beyond the classroom. She has harnessed the power of social media to reach a broader audience, creating sensory guides on TikTok specifically designed for those on the autism spectrum. These innovative videos offer practical advice and support, making everyday situations more accessible and less daunting for individuals with autism.

Her efforts have not gone unnoticed. In November 2023, Clemens was featured on Philadelphia’s 6abc Action News, highlighting her tireless work and the positive impact she has made in the community. This recognition underscores the importance of her mission to promote autism awareness and champion disability rights.

The lecture, “Autism and Success in the Classroom,” promises to be an enlightening experience for all attendees. It is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Small Auditorium in the Academic Building on DCCC’s Marple Campus. The event is free and open to the public, with options to attend in person or virtually, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to benefit from Clemens’ insights and experiences. Register for the virtual event here or at dccc.edu/cesj.

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Through her advocacy, Erin Clemens is changing the narrative around autism, proving that it can be a source of strength and inspiration. By sharing her story, she hopes to encourage others to embrace their differences and advocate for a more inclusive world. Join her on April 2 as she continues her journey of resilience, advocacy, and empowerment.

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