I’ve known people throughout my life who were ‘different.’ At the time I couldn’t exactly put my finger on what made them ‘different.’ Conversations with them were very awkward. They wouldn’t make eye contact and looked very uncomfortable when I tried to talk to them. When they did engage in conversation they would most likely go on forever about some obscure subject. They usually didn’t dress like everyone else and didn’t try to fit in.
Now I have a child who is ‘different’ and I actually have a strong desire to know what makes him think, look, and act the way he does. I want to learn how he thinks so I can help him understand the people around him and understand himself.
In the process of learning all I can about my son’s hidden disability I have read books and articles about individuals who live with Asperger’s. The more I read I realize that we are far from really understanding how the brain of the person with AS functions, processes, and analyzes information. However, we are much farther along than our parents were. We recognize the condition and know its name. We share insights and information with each other. In this way we have an advantage over the generations that came before us in helping our loved ones feel accepted and prepared to face the world. In the same way, we’ve got a leg up on helping the world understand and value those who live with AS.