When people hear the word “disabilities,” they immediately think it suggests it is an inability to see, hear, walk or do anything that many people would take for granted. Think about this for a moment…what if you weren’t able to feel, articulate or manage your feelings in a constructive way? What if you had difficulty forming close strong relationships with others?
For many who have Asperger’s syndrome, this is a part of who they are but they should never be defined by their challenges or shortcomings. They are defined by their unique gifts that their life offers to the world – the love they give and receive in their own way, the art they create, or the sound of their laughter.
Think of it as a personality type. Every personality type has its positives and its negatives. People with Asperger’s syndrome are generally very intelligent, but need help with social skills such as anxiety management, choice making and being optimistic. Asperger’s syndrome is a unique condition due to the fact that no two people who have Asperger’s syndrome are the same. To many, having Asperger’s syndrome feels awkward, stressful and weak, they spend a lot of time alone, and they are often bored.
But it is life…their life, even with all the challenges and struggles that come with it. Everyone has things that they deal with in their life whether you have Asperger’s syndrome or not. You learn to live the way you are…who you are.