An Australian woman who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three has died at 83.
The woman was born in the early 1960s, in the small town of Argyle, and suffered from the condition as a result of being born with cerebral palsy.
Her mother died in childbirth.
“She did not speak to her until she was seven months old,” said her daughter Jennifer.
She said the condition was not discovered until she reached the age she was in her 20s, and she was not able to speak until she left school.
“It was a struggle for her to talk.
It was difficult, because she was always in a state of shock,” Jennifer said.”
There was nothing that she could do about it.
She was totally helpless.”
She said she had to learn to walk on her own, and that her mother would go into labour, giving birth at home, to deliver a child that she had not known about.
“I think that’s the reason she was able to have so much confidence,” she said.
Jennifer said the illness had a profound impact on her life, but it did not stop her from becoming a successful seamstress.
She has worked in a number of countries, including Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada.
In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal for the Australian National Sewing and Weaving Championships.
In 2015, she became the first woman to win the title of Grand Master of Sewing in Australia.
Jennifer’s story has been featured in many publications, including the New York Times and the New Yorker.