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Original video is here. In this video, Holly Robinson Peete, co-host of The Talk, interviews Carly Fleischmann, an autistic teenager from Canada.


[Holly Robinson Peete and Carly Fleischmann sit together in CBS' studio.]

Holly: I became buddies with Carly Fleischmann a few years ago. She is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. She's a 16-year-old girl who has taught me more about autism than anyone else. Take a look at her remarkable story.

[Archive photos and video footage of Carly.]

Holly (narrating): Carly Fleischmann's incredible story captured the world's attention when, after never speaking a word, she found her voice through the keypad of her computer.

[Carly is shown typing on the computer.]

Carly (through computer): It's hard to be autistic because no one understands me. People just look at me and assume that I am dumb because I can't talk or act differently than them.

[Several childhood photos of Carly are shown throughout the next narration.]

Holly: Diagnosed with autism at the age of three, Carly was virtually trapped inside her own body. Carly's parents first noticed something was different within months of her birth, as she was not achieving the same milestones as her twin sister. But her family never gave up.

[Archive footage of Carly's mother working with Carly on a therapy program.]

Carly's parents immersed their daughter in intensive behavioral therapy.

[Carly laughs in archived footage]

And at the age of 11, Carly had a breakthrough when she typed the words 'help' and 'hurt' while feeling sick one day.

[More archive photos of Carly with friends and family.]

Since that turning point, with the loving support of her family, friends, and her therapist, a whole new world has opened up for this amazing young woman.

[Archive video of Carly and her father playing a game of Connect Four.]

Carly's father: You're just being silly now. You're not even trying, are you?

[More photos of Carly with friends.]

Holly: Now, at the age of 16, Carly has her own blog and thousands of fans following her on Facebook and Twitter.

[Archive footage of Carly typing. On the computer screen: "I saw a ape and it looked like dad / He has the same hair doo / I want to talk / Like taryn / So he can say what they all say he ca [unreadable] me / I can spell but ca nt"]

[More archive photos of Carly at play.]

Through her perseverance and determination, this brave teen has given insight into what it's like to be a young person living with autism.

[Cut back to CBS studio.]

Well, Carly, my girlfriend, welcome to The Talk. I'm so excited you're here and I have a lot of questions for you, so let's get started, okay?

All right. I know what it's like to be the parent of a child with autism, but can you tell me, can you tell me what it's like living with autism?

Carly (through computer): I am an autistic girl but autism doesn't define who I am or how I'm going to live my life. I have encountered many hardships in my life but slowly but surely I have been overcoming a lot of obstacles in my path. There are many days when I think it might be easier to give up, than fight. However, if I give up, if I don't try, then who am I really? Because when it's all said and done, I am Carly Fleischmann, a girl who needs to try to be the best I can be.

Holly: Great answer. Hey, Carly, what are the reactions from people when they see you for the first time and how do you handle their reactions? How would you like them to react?

Carly: No one ever looks at me and says, "wow, she looks so smart." But I am so smart and the sad thing is I am judged on a ten-second appearance and not on what I am really about.

Holly: You are smart, Carly. I know you're smart, because you and I tweet each other and write each other all the time, and you're one of the smartest girls I know. Carly, do you realize the impact that you're having?

Carly: The truth is, I see myself as a girl that types instead of talking out of my mouth. I don't really see anything so special about that. I blog, Twitter and Facebook with parents and autistic people to let them know they are not alone and not to give up hope.

Holly: Wow. Well, I can say that you've had a huge impact and you are a role model, whether you're a reluctant role model or not. Carly, what would you say is your biggest accomplishment?

Carly: My greatest accomplishment is what comes so easily for lots of people. It was in January of this year that I was able to go to a movie with my typical friends and do it on my own. That is my most cherished accomplishment.

[Carly vocalizes as the computer finishes reading this response.]

Holly: That's awesome, Carly. Can I tell you something? I want to thank you for being my girlfriend, because you've taught me more about autism than any expert, any doctor, any book, anybody, and I really want to thank you for that. Can I get a high five up top?

[Holly and Carly exchange a high five.]

Thank you, baby.

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