Finding a New Perspective: Is Asperger's Actually a Disability

Finding a New Perspective: Is Asperger's Actually a Disability

Written by tyson pettegrew, Posted on , in Section Embracing Our Uniqueness

People with Asperger Syndrome see the world in a different light. Take a look at everything around you, and then try and look at it with a completely different way of thinking. Shapes take on new meaning the most miniscule detail stands out and the search for perfection in a certain manner is ever present.

There is never an excuse to be bored.  There is so much to everything around us so much more than what we take in initially. The percentage of the planet that we could possibly see with our eyes would still only be a very small amount. Even the confines of our own mind are limitless. 

If we think about people and even people with more serious forms of autism should be looked at like a gold mine for seeing things differently. Their responses are based on thorough examination of a question to get the most accurate answer possible.

I recently saw a post of an autistic child that answered a question on his or her assignment and followed the question and answered it perfectly. Here is the assignment.

How many people can honestly say that, that is how they would have answered the question? Seeing the world differently might help us understand how to creatively tackle social problems. 

People with Asperger Syndrome are good at seeing things for their face value. Problem solving and general intelligence is just as good if not better than “normal” people not afflicted with autism. Autism is a condition (I consciously chose condition over disease) that affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. alone, and tens of millions all over the world. Autism has varying degrees of severity, and can be as simple as, small differences in mannerisms, to the inability to cope in normal society. 

Each individual with autism is as unique, as the disorder itself. In other words their brains don’t function quite the same as everyone else’s but function perfectly well in their own right. We need to stop looking at autism as a disease to be cured and look at how we can learn and teach people to cope with.