Eighteen-year-old Alexis Wineman is currently the reigning Miss Montana 2012, and in January 2013 won the title of “America’s Choice” at the Miss America competition in Las Vegas, NV, which placed her among the top 15 contestants. At the age of 11, Wineman was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), which puts her on the mild end of the autism spectrum and carries symptoms similar to those with Asperger’s Syndrome. Her unique personal story as the first Miss America contestant diagnosed with autism and the third contestant with a disability since the competition’s inception in 1921 made headlines around the world. She was named by Diane Sawyer as the “Person of the Week” on World News Tonight, and was profiled in Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s series "Human Factors: Overcoming Obstacles" on CNN. She also made appearances on Fox and Friends, Good Morning America, 20/20, and was interviewed online for the Today Show, E!New, People, Time, USA Today, and the Huffington Post. Glamourmagazine featured Wineman in its April issue as the “Most Popular Girl in America”. AbilityPath is proud to be a part of her journey.
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