Kelsey Burke joined TikTok in March 2019 to share funny videos with her friends. Little did she know it would become a large part of her journey with autism.

The 22-year-old joined TikTok prior to getting diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but as content creators with autism starting popping up on the app, she started to feel a connection.  

“These videos were really catalysts for me — every single one made me feel heard. I remember thinking, ‘Wait, I do this too… I do that too! Oh my gosh, I’m not the only one who does that?'”

Flash forward to now, after being officially diagnosed in late 2020, Burke says the app has helped her feel more seen and understood.

“From interacting with my own followers to seeing other content about autism, I am slowly realizing that I was never broken. I just have a different brain and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s pretty amazing to see the world in a different lens.”

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