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January 10, 2013

Miss America contestant's brave admission: "I have autism."

Autism may soon have a surprising new spokesperson: Alexis Wineman, an 18-year-old Montana woman who hopes to be crowned Miss America on Saturday night.

"Most people do not understand what autism is," says Wineman in her video entry for the Miss America online finalist competition. "And 1 in 88 people having some form of autism, this understanding is becoming more and more necessary." To that end, she has made her platform "Normal is Just a Dryer Setting: Living with Autism."

Wineman, who is the current Miss Montana, is both the youngest Miss America contestant this year and the first ever to have some form of autism. The brunette beauty queen was diagnosed at the age of 11 with... MORE >

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