It wasn’t too long ago that I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome; to be honest, it wasn’t really a surprise. I was always the lonely kid, with their head stuck in a book, too knowledgable for their own good, and way too nosy too boot. But since then, promoting Aspergers Syndrome has become more and more important to me. And not just because it was something related to myself; several people I knew were also diagnosed, there was problems with support, and more.
Despite the many struggles I had to undergo-bullying, lack of understanding my lessons, and more-it came to me that the whole condition could be used for good. Because we do not need to be ashamed. We should not have to be afraid. And above all, we should not discredit ourselves for having this condition. Aspergers Syndrome is something innately beautiful. And I say this from observing the people I know who are on spectrum, and not in relation to myself.
I strongly believe that all I have achieved is because of my ASD, coupled with hard work. Over the years, I have surprised myself. Blogger? Check. Columnist? Check. Interviewer (sort of)? Also check.
Promoting Aspergers allows me to educate people about this condition; I am tired of institutions lacking support as well as understanding. I am tired of people saying that the were scared of me, in knowing that I had been diagnosed with ASD. I hope for a world that, among other things, will one day understand people with Autism. I think that society disadvantages itself when it disenfranchises us; ever heard of job discrimination, trouble at schools, etc? People who have Aspergers Syndrome are human too, the same as everyone else.
I promote Aspergers as it’s something that I see differently; mental health does not necessarily have to be an issue, as long as we have the correct support network.
Thank you for listening.