Where are all the girls, the women, with Asperger’s? Are there truly fewer of us than there are boys and men? And what does it mean to be a female living one’s entire life with a “male disorder”? What is the nature of autism in a female body and brain?
September 7, 2010
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It is no coincidence that so many Aspies are scientists — and atheists. Scientists do not look for what is good or right; atheists do not look for what is unifying or comforting. They look for what is true. For what is. Regardless of what anyone else says — or threatens. Did Copernicus have Asperger’s? Did Galileo? I wonder.
Autism: Difference or Disorder?
A person with some characteristics of autism may be loyal, honest, trustworthy, hard-working, focused and thorough. However, give the same person “too much” autism, and he or she becomes so severely impaired as to render these positive features unhelpful. It is the impairment-to-benefit ratio, I think, that determines whether autism is a gift, a difference, or a disorder.