For people with Asperger’s, a role model emerges in Greta Thunberg

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“For somebody who has Asperger’s or is on the autism spectrum, her ability to be honest and disclose it in such an empowering way is what’s inspirational.”

Image: Climate activist Greta Thunberg on board the Malizia II in Plymouth, England, on Aug. 13, 2019.

Alexander Burke was in high school when he received an explanation for his lifetime of difficulty making social connections. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, Burke, now 34, felt he had a better understanding of the interpersonal struggles that he had had in his past — but it did nothing to alleviate his worries about his future.

Burke says he would have been “thrilled” to have someone else with Asperger’s whom he could look up to. But there weren’t many other people with Asperger’s that he knew of, either personally or in the public sphere.

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