[Vision2020] Aspergers Defined

Tony tonytime at clearwire.net
Wed May 2 20:37:46 PDT 2007

Yes Donovan, people are quite intolerant of those with brain maladies.  One can have a disease of the heart and folks bring you a casserole.  A kidney disease and they cut your grass a couple of times.  Have a liver issue and they run your kids to and from school.  But Donovan, suffer from a disease of just another organ, the brain, and you are a kook, whacky, nuts, loonie tunes etc.  I guess it's the last socially acceptable bigotry; and rampant, even among those who posture as tolerant and compassionate.

Hang in there man.  You WILL overcome.  


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Donovan Arnold 
  To: Tom Hansen ; 'Tony' ; 'Andreas Schou' 
  Cc: vision2020 at moscow.com ; sunilramalingam at hotmail.com 
  Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 6:53 PM
  Subject: Aspergers Defined


  A person with AS may have trouble understanding the emotions of other people: the messages that are conveyed by facial expression, eye contact and body language are often missed. They also might have trouble showing empathy with other people. Thus, people with AS might be seen as egotistical, selfish or uncaring. In most cases, these are unfair labels because affected people are neurologically unable to understand other people's emotional states. They are usually shocked, upset and remorseful when told that their actions are hurtful or inappropriate.

  Difficulty reading the social and emotional messages in the eyes - People with AS don't look at eyes often, and when they do, they can't read them. 
    1.. Making literal interpretation - AS individuals have trouble interpreting colloquialisms, sarcasm, and metaphors. 
    2.. Being considered disrespectful and rude - prone to egocentric behavior, individuals with Asperger's miss cues and warning signs that this behavior is inappropriate. 
    3.. Honesty and deception - children with Asperger's are often considered "too honest" and have difficulty being deceptive, even at the expense of hurting someone's feelings. 
    4.. Becoming aware of making social errors - as children with Asperger's mature, and become aware of their inability to connect, their fear of making a social mistake, and their self-criticism when they do so, can lead to social phobia. 
    5.. A sense of paranoia - because of their inability to connect, persons with Asperger's have trouble distinguishing the difference between the deliberate or accidental actions of others, which can in turn lead to a feeling of paranoia. 
    6.. Managing conflict - being unable to understand other points of view can lead to inflexibility and an inability to negotiate conflict resolution. Once the conflict is resolved, remorse may not be evident. 
    7.. Awareness of hurting the feelings of others - a lack of empathy often leads to unintentionally offensive or insensitive behaviors. 
    8.. Repairing someone's feelings - lacking intuition about the feelings of others, people with AS have little understanding of how to console someone or how to make them feel better. 
    9.. Recognizing signs of boredom - inability to understand other people's interests can lead AS persons to be inattentive to others. Conversely, people with AS often fail to notice when others are uninterested. 
    10.. Introspection and self-consciousness - individuals with AS have difficulty understanding their own feelings or their impact on the feelings of other people. 
    11.. Clothing and personal hygiene - people with AS tend to be less affected by peer pressure than others. As a result, they often do what is comfortable and are unconcerned about their impact on others. 
    12.. Reciprocal love and grief - since people with AS have difficulty emotionally, their expressions of affection and grief are often short and weak. 
    13.. Understanding of embarrassment and faux pas - although persons with AS have an intellectual understanding of embarrassment and faux pas, they are unable to grasp concepts on an emotional level. 
    14.. Coping with criticism - people with AS are compelled to correct mistakes, even when they are made by someone in a position of authority, such as a teacher. For this reas
    1.. Tom Hansen <thansen at moscow.com> wrote:
    ToeKnee stated:

    "How the Hell do you know [a member of our community] is not genuinely
    afflicted with Aspergers Syndrome or Autism?

    If it is true that a member of our community suffers from some disease that
    incapacitates him/her mentally, rendering him/her non-responsible for
    his/her acts in public (or online) if/when (s)he fails to take his/her
    medicines . . . 

    Why isn't (s)he under adult supervision 24/7?

    Or should we (as they did at Virginia Tech) wait until classes begin?


    Tom Hansen
    Moscow, Idaho

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