An Asperger’s life story

I’m working on Flash homework right now, so I don’t have as much time as I’d like to comment, but I came across a fascinating site yesterday.  It’s an autobiographical account by a 35-year-old woman with Asperger’s syndrome about her experiences as a young child, going to school, growing up, and looking for a place in the world:

My Asperger’s Syndrome Story

Like me, she grew up before anyone knew about Asperger’s, which in her case led to a lot of misunderstandings and hardships when her behavior just didn’t seem to make sense to those around her.  Some parts of her story are very sad, but I think she tells it very well.  There’s a lot in it to think about, as it relates to both children and adults with autism.

I’ve been wanting to describe a little more about my own experiences growing up (a process I’m not done with yet!).  Reading this account again makes me thankful for parents, teachers, and classmates who were willing to let me do my own thing or overlook my weirdness at times; I was spared a lot of unnecessary hardships because of the kindness of others.

I hope I can post more soon!

One comment

  1. My instructor Dr. Craig LeCroy at Arizona State University is editing a book on first person accounts of difficulties like the one you described. The purpose of the book is to give students—social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and nurses—more firsthand information about the kinds of difficulties people experience. The book will be a supplement used as a textbook for students. I am interested in your first person account and would like to know if you’d be interested in having it published in the book (John Wiley publishing). Each account will be about 5-12 single spaced pages. If so, please contact me so I can have a permissions form completed. I can be reached at:

    Rich Hinton
    8725 N. Scenic Drive
    Tucson, AZ 85743
    RVHINTON@asu.edu

    Thanks,

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