Yes, I am on the autistic spectrum. I have what used to be referred to as Asperger’s Disorder. No, you can’t tell by looking at me. In fact, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell even by spending time with me.
Women/girls are harder to diagnose and recognize with Autistic Spectrum Disorder than men/boys.
That is a fact.
Here are some things that have been said to me when I have disclosed my disorder:
- No you don’t [have Asperger’s]. My [male relative] has it and I know what it looks like.
- (After I smiled at a joke.) See? You’re social!
- Oh, is that the diagnosis-du-jour?
And even after hearing that I have a disability, harsh words have been used to describe me rather than understand a lot of what makes me appear to be difficult IS the disability.
This is amazing: http://primaxstudio.com/stuff/scale_of_universe/. After it loads, move the gray-square-button-slider under the picture to the left to see smaller, and to the right to see larger.
Looking at something like this really makes me appreciate how vast everything is, also puts into perspective how minor my problems and worries are. A teeny blip in the grand scheme of things. How lucky we are, with everything out in the universe (or multiverse) to have things in our world that are so pleasant, like music.
Speaking of music, careful, there’s music on the site! It’s not loud or annoying, but be aware in case you are at work and decide to peek.
Just read this on another blog, and have to put it here so I don’t forget it. I refer to this concept quite frequently, but didn’t realize that it was put together so succinctly already.
ARGUMENTUM AD IGNORANTIAM
An argument that a proposition is true because it has not been shown to be false, or vice versa. Ad ignorantium arguments are also known as “appeals to ignorance.” This fallacy has two forms:
1. P is true, because it has not been proven false.
2. P is false, because it has not been proven true.