This article is On Point! ♡
People are forever asking me if my brother Stephen is like the character in the movie Rain man? !
Like almost all other human beings, I try to form, strengthen, and enrich bonds with other people. Given the fact that the world’s population dice are weighted much more heavily toward neurotypicality, chances are that most of these people aren’t going to be sitting next to me anywhere on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum.
As part of the attempted bonding process, especially with those closest to me who are neurotypical, I often find myself explaining and describing various aspects of Asperger’s/autism to them, such as individual traits, culture, vocabulary/lexicon, and some of the issues we tend to face in the autism spectrum community. After all, even though we may walk the same ground from day to day and visit the same places, we actually live in slightly different worlds. Or maybe it’s the same exact world, but perhaps skewed and viewed from different angles, depending on one’s neurological orientation.
For example, I…
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