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Aspies are people who have Asperger’s syndrome. Apsperger’s is a terribly unattractive name so Aspie is much more preferable (at least to me). Asperger’s is a form of autism that requires low support. The characteristics vary with each individual diagnosed. Also known as ASD (Autism spectrum disorder), HFA (High functioning disorder), and many other names, Aspie’s is a developmental disorder that can significantly effect someone’s ability to interact socially, communicate verbally, cause repetitive patterns of behavior, encourage intense interests and attention to detail. Since autism is a spectrum, all of the characteristics of Asperger’s may not be seen in every Aspie individual. However, difficulties in social interactions seem to be dominant in every diagnosis. People with Aspie’s think differently from people without Aspie’s. People with ASD think in pictures as if their mind is like a google search engine. Whenever they hear a word, their going to see hundreds of pictures that relate to that word flash in their mind. This is actually an incredible skill to have. It allows for highly visual intelligence and different view of things, resulting in cunning problem solving skills and a level of higher thinking. People with Aspie’s also are known to have an intense thirst for knowledge for particular interests. This makes Aspies outstanding in their careers of choice, being able to apply an above average amount of focus and attention to detail to whatever they set their minds to. For this reason, many people on the spectrum have insanely high IQs ( Like me ;) ). In a way, Asperger’s is much like a super power that super heroes have. But much like super heroes, Aspie’s face challenges that come with their powers.
“With great power, comes great responsibility” -Uncle Ben
People with ASD face daily challenges. Social atmospheres can create a lot of stress. People with ASD have trouble understanding how other people feel because they think differently. This causes Aspies to withdraw from social life or not behave in ways that are socially acceptable. Although not all Apsies don’t understand jokes and sarcasm, some are quite fluent in it. A multitude of people on the spectrum can come off as aloof and cold, or even psychopathic. But once they understand the reasons why people behave the way they do, Apsies can be just as empathetic as non Aspies (If not, than even more empathetic. Some even hyper empathetic, which can overwhelm). The autistic mind is always rushing with new thoughts and ideas. People with ASD are often the geeks (and loners) at school because Asperger’s allows people to dive deeper into subjects and explore the world on an advanced and highly detailed level. Some of the things Aspies are interested may be odd (for example I was highly interested in spiders). When these odd interests are paired with a lack of social understanding, Aspies are often viewed as weird and are bullied as a result. Unfortunately, many people on the spectrum are not recognized for their skills and end up falling into depression. Thinking that they are worthless, stupid, awkward, gross and ext, life on the autism spectrum is difficult. I recently was diagnosed earlier this year with ASD after years upon years of thinking I was simply dumb. Turns out I have an extremely high IQ and freaked out the person who was diagnosing me XD. But all this time I was failing school and my social life crippled to the point where I committed Truancy. Truancy in high school is not okay. My ASD is apart of me (ASD is not curable) and is a gift. But because I’m an Aspie, I need things that other people may not need (I learn best alone for example). But since most schools (and society in general) are made to fit the majority of people, my needs were not met which resulted in my skills being ignored as I suffered from severe anxiety and depression. I stopped attending school for six months and by then I had gotten a mail stating that I would have to attend juvenile court. Even though I was already diagnosed and people were trying to get me help, it was not enough. With my IEP (independent education plan) in place, all I would have to do is get to school. My anxiety escalating with everyday, it was not possible (ASD can cause extreme sensitivities). People couldn’t understand why I couldn’t leave my house even though they knew I had autism. One of the most difficult things (at least for me) with being an Aspie is how society expects you to think like people without Aspergers.
Society needs to understand that people think differently but that does not make them inferior. If anything, the diversity makes this society superior. By making places more accesible for every end of the spectrum to feel comfortable in, acknowledging different skills, and accepting all interests, Aspies can be more welcomed into society and let their talents thrive. You do not need ASD to join. <3