Yes to this.
Oh – let’s not forget the exclamation point!
I’ve been wanting to write this post for a very long time. The thought struck me sometime in April of this year, shortly after realizing that I was most likely on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum.
At that time, a whole new world was opening its arms and welcoming me.
Suddenly, Asperger’s/autism was not what I thought it was–nothing at all.
Suddenly, my background in neurology, a fellowship program that I had stopped just short of completing, came to my side, as did my genomics (genetics) background. The two came together to lightning-strike me with a sudden theory: Asperger’s/autism is a normal and healthy neurobiological/neurophysiological variant.
That’s right. Autism is not a disease. It’s not some “monster” that “locks us up” in a “cage” (at least, not for many of us). It doesn’t “steal” us or “distort” who we are. It doesn’t corrupt us, tangle us, or hover like dark clouds over…
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