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Fran and the Autism Rhythm

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Fran

All about love, rap, and dreams

My name is Frannie Sheinberg. I go by Flava Fran. I’m 24 years old and I have an autism spectrum disorder but that doesn’t stop me from doing what I love. And I love rapping and spreading love. When I was younger, doctors and teachers told my parents I was “different, slow, delayed.” There was very little faith in what I would be able to do. So I made it my goal to prove everyone wrong. Having an autism spectrum disorder has made it very hard for me to communicate with people, but I found an outlet for communication and that is through writing raps. I write and perform raps to express myself and to bring joy to people. I love making people happy and rapping allows me to spread happiness to others in a way that I am comfortable doing so. Im also extremely sensitive to sound, lights and touch so growing up with that extra sensory sensitivity has made my life much more complicated. When I’m feeling upset I can write about it to explain how I feel. I love writing out my emotions and adding lyrics and a beat to it makes it a song! Every time I rap people smile and it makes me happy to make others so happy.

Beating the odds

Currently, I struggle with a lot of issues that come with being on the spectrum. For example, I have a need for sameness, routine and scheduling. I struggle with change and change is the only constant in life. I don’t like large crowds and I don’t work or move very fast. School has always been harder for me than most people. BUT, I am working hard to achieve all my goals and make my dreams come true. People doubted my ability to attend and graduate from a public high school-but I did it. I also just published my FIRST BOOK. And I started a YouTube series where I perform raps and give advice. I got accepted to college where I became a CHEERLEADER! Something I never thought I’d get to become.It just goes to show that no matter what people tell you- you can do anything you want as long as you try your best, have a positive outlook, and never ever give up!

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