Miss Montana Alexis Wineman, 18, is the youngest contestant in the Miss America Pageant, which concludes Saturday night in Las Vegas.
She has been sharing her story about living with autism. Wineman was diagnosed 11 years ago and decided to overcome its limitations on her life.
“I refuse to let my disorder define me as a person," she says.
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In many public appearances, Wineman has discussed her story and platform, “Normal is Just a Dryer Setting." She has appeared on Fox & Friends, CNN’s Sanjay Gupta show, ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, People Magazine, E!News, Extra, and several blogs and local news reports.
A recent graduate of Cut Bank High School, Wineman plans to attend the University of Montana to pursue a degree in art therapy in the fall of 2013 after her reign.