AUTISM

AUTISM

January 13, 2013

Ten-year-old autistic ballerina who charmed the world inspires others

Clara Bergs is shown in a family photo taken at the end of November at home after she had returned from school. The 10-year-old who has autism and a genetic disorder called DiGeorge Syndrome spun into the spotlight after a YouTube video of her dancing along to a 19th-century ballet delighted Internet audiences around the globe. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho
By: Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press

Clara Bergs may have difficulty with her words and face learning challenges at school, but when she puts on her tutu and twirls around the room, she charms the world.

The 10-year-old who has autism and a genetic disorder called DiGeorge Syndrome spun into the spotlight after a YouTube video of her dancing along to a 19th-century ballet delighted Internet audiences around the globe.

For Clara's mother, what was truly touching about the reaction to her daughter's performance, was the response from other families with special needs kids.

"They just said 'Clara is an inspiration to us,'" says Lisa Anderson. More >

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