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.
“But do you really see something if you don’t have a word for it?” An interesting article that also links to the Radiolab program that discusses color and how humans may not have seen blue until after we’ve developed the ability to see so many other colors. When I read that sentence, I had a sudden epiphany.
One of the constant and most consistent statements (feelings) among persons with Asperger’s Syndrome (now known as Autistic Spectrum Disorder) is that we are invisible. I have felt this way my entire life, and this has been witnessed by my husband over and over, where people just bypass me completely as if I am invisible. It’s terribly frustrating, and completely devastating to one’s self-esteem. And why are we invisible? Could it really be that NT (neuro-typicals, or, persons not on the autistic spectrum) have this sense of us, but without a word or other means to describe us, simply ignore us?
As seen on a bumper sticker, wouldn’t it be great if schools had all the money they needed, and the DoD had to have bake sales…
From Lewis Evans
This past year I have been helping out at GHS with the drama club as their Tech Director. While the first few months were a little tough, I couldn’t be prouder of the work that they have done. They are currently working on Little Shop of Horrors, which goes up May 11th-13th.
In the past few years the program has been in a decline and this year Kim Trigilio stepped up as the club adviser and we have been trying to rebuild the program. As many of you know, there have been huge budget cuts in the city. Part of way was cut was all the funding for the drama club and the productions. The club relies entirely on fundraising to produce the shows and we are in desperate need of funds. To help in fundraising to put on the show, we started a ChipIn page. I know times are tough for many of you, but if any of you could spare some money I know the kids would appreciate it.
Thank you, and I apologize for the mass email.