Drew Solender of Vassar College wrote a forthright and timely piece about living on the spectrum. Drew indicates that he generally has not spoken about his experiences on the spectrum, but now sees that talking or writing about these experiences will likely promote understanding, tolerance, and acceptance of neurodiversity. Drew offers various examples of how Asperger’s has impacted his life (summers spent in treatment rather than with friends) and the conclusions he drew (he is broken). Drew is ready to educate the rest of us about Asperger’s and suggests some healthier messages that the rest of us might send.
While this is a fairly short piece, and all of it is very well written, the last paragraph is the best! Read all the way to the end!