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Asperger Syndrome: Personal Experience

To tell the truth, it is a good question and it is hard to find an answer to it, both for specialists and us, who live with it. Personally, I see it mainly as a way of perceiving and experiencing things that differs from the perception of the most. I certainly do not dare to estimate which one is better or more objective — they are just different. The biggest trouble lies in making oneself understood. Every day we are trying to convey the incommunicable, which has led my husband to using the old saying “explaining colours to a blind person”. Precisely because of that, it is so hard for us to penetrate into the “non-Aspie” world, not to mention that were it not for practical necessity, many of us would not even be striving for that (I’m one of those, because unfortunately, my job cannot be done without some social interaction).

 

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I Find Communication in a Group of People Very Difficult

I have difficulties with eye contact and non-verbal communication; in particular, I lack some kind of social instinct, an understanding of non-verbal signals and the ability to promptly react to them. In essence, I’m the only one in social intercourse who does not understand “what is going on”. Others follow some signals that I find almost imperceptible or something…

 

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Communication and Asperger Syndrome: How to Manage

Communication is probably what gives people with Asperger syndrome (AS) the biggest problems. Since the quality of coexistence with others depends mainly on how (if at all) they are able to communicate, the issue of communication is the main issue when it comes to handling one’s life.

 

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I Can Fianlly say that Ihave success in Employment

I have just passed my 47th birthday and can finally say I have success in employment. For me, working from my home computer and interacting with people primarily over the telephone has been the long sought for solution to my difficulty with getting, and then maintaining, employment. This is despite long years of educational preparation and academic success, which I had expected to be the ticket to a career. After all, isn't that the way the formula works? Not if you have Asperger's! 

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My Situation was Ideal. But Suddenly it All Changed...

I was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. I was unable to talk and fixed in my routines. I had no desire to be part of this world. I did not utter my first word till I was five years of age and even then I only repeated lines from TV shows. I was encouraged to use symbols and sign language to make myself understood. By the age of eight I was talking in simple sentences and progressing well.

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People do not understand What is Autism About.

People don’t understand autism. People, who do not have an experience living with an autistic child, have no way of knowing the exquisite reality we are exposed to daily.

Those same people do not have the opportunity to experience the limitless intelligence and inquisitiveness of autistic children. History is replete with examples of how ignorance and intolerance have resulted in some of the worst episodes of inhumanity toward others – reservations for Native Americans, relocation camps for Japanese-Americans in World War II, institutionalization of people with brain disorders. Society has become so complacent about such matters that it is regressing to a point where such reprehensible aspects of history are repeating themselves. We simply refuse to acknowledge it.

 

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Jesse A. Saperstein

Jesse A. Saperstein is a best-selling author, autism advocate and motivational speaker.

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Ladyhawke

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Phillipa Margaret "Pip" Brown (born 13 July 1979), better known by her stage name Ladyhawke, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She took her stage name from Richard Donner's 1985 film Ladyhawke.

Brown was part of the Wellington-based band Two Lane Blacktop (2001–2003), named for the 1971 road film of the same name. After moving to Australia, she formed the Sydney-based art rock band Teenager in 2004 with Nick Littlemore of Pnau (and later Empire of the Sun). In 2007 she relocated to London.

 

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Heather Kuzmich

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Dan Aykroyd

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Daniel Edward "Dan" Aykroyd, CM (/ˈækrɔɪd/; born July 1, 1952) is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter and singer. He was an original "Not Ready For Prime Time Player"(cast member of Saturday Night Live), an originator of The Blues Brothers (with John Belushi) and Ghostbusters, and has had a long career as a film actor and screenwriter.

In 1990, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Driving Miss Daisy.

 

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