While respecting the abilities and humanity of people with Asperger profiles, one should not underestimate their struggles and suffering they might endure. A society designed for and dominated by the neurotypical majority can feel uncongenial and even overwhelming for a person with an Asperger profile. In particular, living in the United States in the modern information age — in a crowded, complex, industrial society — can pose real challenges for people with Asperger profiles. American children are generally expected to “play well with others” and grow up fast. Adults are expected to work 40-60 hour weeks under fluorescent lights, to attend meetings, work on teams, rapidly absorb oceans of information, and multi-task. Solitary pursuits such as hunting, farming, or tending a lighthouse are less available today. On the other hand, some people with the Asperger profile have found employment (and sometimes mates) in areas related to their specific interests.
As we look in detail at some strengths and challenges you might see in a person with an Asperger profile, keep in mind individuals with these profiles are not all alike; they may differ from one another even more in respect to their areas of strength than in their areas of challenge.