I am a 50-year-old father of 5. I was diagnosed with Aspergers just a few years ago. I always knew I didn’t exactly fit in growing up, but I never knew why.
It wasn’t until my then 6-year-old was diagnosed with AS that we began to see my Aspergers side more clearly.
This biography is part journal, and part news feed, and part awareness of what Aspergers really is.
I have seen so much stuff about Aspergers awareness, and so much of that has been NOTHING but lies and propaganda from organizations such as Autism Speaks and others. Autism Speaks advocates aborting children with Autism, and trying to ‘cure’ us as if we had cancer. I don’t need to be cured or fixed, but neither does my son. I don’t need to be put into a nicely labeled box that makes it easier for NT’s to deal with us. What I need, and what we ALL need is simply to be understood. We need acceptance; trying to ‘fix’ us is not awareness nor is it acceptance. We are not broken.
Those of us with Asperger’s must learn to fit into a world of NT’S, or neurotypicals. We don’t expect the world to change for us, and at the same time we won’t let the world change us either.
True awareness and acceptance will come when NT’s try to understand us as much as we try to understand them.
I am blessed that I have been able to fit into the NT world for the most part. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my struggles. I am even more blessed that I have my son as a mirror. I am able to see myself from my youth and I can see myself in a lot of ways that others see me now.
This has led to me working as kind of translator in my household. Kind of a bridge between my NT family and my son.
So join me as I post about our life, our passions, and our desire to just be understood as little better.