For me personally, especially with the safeguards and help I'm receiving, I don't really have any impairments anymore.
But there are people with Aspergers who suffer from very extreme physical and speech tics and many other types of problems by which society would put
them in the misfit and weak categories.
You can read about Aspergers on Wikipedia and on other sites on the web.
There are plenty of people who live a completely normal life with it, while there are other people, who have some of their traits manifest in an
extreme form, can have a really crappy life, mostly because society is so inflexible that they can't see past those things, even though the person in
question might be the next Einstein if they were helped and understood.
As for the comments and praise, being articulate, well reasoned and intelligent are some of the double edged sword sides of aspergers.
Other people can think emotional, speak dialect or slang and get out of a problem by simply following their gut instead of over-reasoning everything,
I can't, not for the life of me.
In a conversation like this one, these things are good, but in a conversation thats meant to be social or emotional, for instance with a hot girl you
would like to get to know or all other types of conversations society dictates you need to be able to do in a social life, always speaking textbook
language, being reasoned and knowledgeable is not good. Always having the urge to correct people or relieve them of ignorance when they are actually
having chitchat, is annoying to them and unacceptable to society.
Anyway, that concludes the Aspergers Awareness information.
Time to bring focus back to this thread.
Btw, the fact that people with aspergers are usually intelligent (a requirement to make the destinction between aspergers and a form of autism is
actually that people with aspergers have to have an IQ of 100 or above) and well spoken and completely functional and very good in certain aspects,
that they either get diagnosed only in adulthood (like me) or live their entire life having problems in society, the later being the reason why I
eventually did get diagnosed, because I had problems fitting in as an adult.
[edit on 30/8/07 by thematrix]