Hello and welcome to my first blog on Autism.
For those of you who don’t know me my name Is Adam, I am 23 years old and from Dublin. I supposedly suffer from the now extinct, so called disability, Asperger’s Syndrome. I was first diagnosed with Dyspraxia a condition which is a commonly found in people who have Autism. This was followed by a diagnosis of Asperger’s while on a waiting list for services for Dyspraxia.
The reason I decided to start this website and blog is to explain how life can be problematic for people on the Autistic Spectrum and how it’s possible for others to help and support people like me overcome the obstacles that can get in the way of daily living.
Over the course of these weekly blogs I will discuss topics that you would like and hopefully give you a greater understanding of what it is like living with Autism.
In this blog I will go into a brief explanation of what Asperger’s is and in future blogs will discuss my life experience of living on the Autism Spectrum in more detail. I will explain tools and techniques, as well as services, that I have found to be helpful.
I don’t have any qualifications on Autism but I think I have the number one qualification needed to understand Asperger’s, that is living with it for the last 23 years. I have had good and I have had bad days but one thing that gets me through every day is the fact is that I am a unique individual and life would be boring if we were all the same.
Asperger’s is a very difficult and complex thing to explain as not two person with Asperger’s and Autism are the same, people often think that if they know one person with Asperger’s they immediately understand the condition, this is certainly not the case. Everyone is different and unique in their own way. I will discuss this in future blogs.
What is Aspergers syndrome you are probably asking? Here is a brief and simple explanation of what it is but I will go into more detail about it in the future.
Aspergers is a complex brain disorder that is part of the Autism spectrum.
Typically a person suffering from the condition has extremely poor social and communication skills and you will more likely find us at home on our own then in a group, as this setting can be very stressful for us. We find it hard to interact with people and often conversations are one sided as we tend to go and on about one subject. People with Autism tend to fascinated with a chosen topic and can tell you any information you need to know on that particular subject, for example my chosen subject up to a few years ago was anything to do with sports, I have now broadened out and can talk about more subjects. Other people who I have come across focus on subjects such as history, cars, comics books etc, People with Autism tend to have difficulties understanding emotions and how best to deal with them, often saying the wrong thing in social situations. This is not them being rude but rather being confused and overwhelmed. I will go into a lot more detail about all these points and more about Aspergers and Autism to hopefully broaden your knowledge about the conditions.
You might wonder why I keep saying Aspergers and Autism in the same sentence, the reason I am doing this is because Asperger’s disappeared from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 2013 and they decided to include it under the same heading as Autism. So I like to think of myself of a dying breed of people with the official diagnose of having Asperger’s.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, I would love if you would share this website with your friends, your family, colleagues etc and hopefully help to change the way that people think and understand Autism. By becoming more knowledgeable you can help the people in life that you come across on the spectrum
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