This month for my One Faith, Many Paths series, I have decided to interview Alyssa Huber. She is the main admin of the Facebook group Christians With Asperger’s and also has her own YouTube channel, where she has films that she has made to help others understand autism.
1) What was your childhood like? Like a dream world, in my opinion. I was always in my own head and very imaginative. I was obsessed with aliens, superheroes, and cats. I would pretend the fort my dad built was a spaceship, and I made a little “hotel” for my alien toys in the sandbox. My supportive family (mom, dad, and two brothers) accepted my oddities. My bane was social confusion (mostly as I got older), stubbornly refusing to socialize (more people means less time in my world) and sensory problems like having to wear itchy clothes or tolerate noisy/busy environments.
2) When were you diagnosed with autism? 12 years old, in middle school when my teachers noticed I was “odd”.
3) What evidence can you give for God’s existence? I feel him in nature. I can give no evidence sufficient enough for humans, who are we to understand?
4) What inspired you to use YouTube as a means of advocacy? I wanted to make a documentary on Asperger’s to simply share my experience, and it got bigger than I ever expected it to. I realized by the reactions of viewers (Aspies, undiagnosed aspies, NT’s related to/friends with Aspies, etc.) that it has been quite helpful and much-needed, and I could do more of that on my channel by continuing to make videos on Asperger’s Syndrome.
5) Are you in college? If so, what is your field of study? I recently graduated with a BA in Media Creation and Production. My goal was to become a filmmaker.
6) Do you have a career? If you could call it that–I currently freelance, as my disabilities make it difficult to keep up at a typical work pace, and I would much rather work for myself than for others. I plan to produce more films in the future, but currently I’ve been planning for the past 7 years (“Vael”), and a book on Asperger’s when I finish that.
7. What is your favorite bible passage and why? I like the books of James and Proverbs because of the wisdom they contain. I don’t have a specific favorite verse.
8. Who is your favorite biblical figure besides Jesus? Esther, as she is a woman of bravery.