I have an autistc disabiity - Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger's is a neuro-logical, biological disability, so it is a way of being.
Asperger’s does NOT and will NOT define my abilities, strengths, potential, or quality of life. It is useful in obtaining services, accommodations, and providing a label to explain my deficits, challenges, behaviours and eccentricities. Asperger's is PART -(NOT all) of my identity. An Asperger’s label explains the present but does NOT predict the future. It does not convey the devastating way Autism Spectrum Disorders are portrayed in the media.
My disability does NOT limit my self-determination to overcome the deficits, challenges, and struggles that present with experiencing Asperger’s Syndrome. My disability does not limit my need to advocate for services, supports, and accommodations. An Asperger’s diagnosis can be useful for various reasons.
By NOT participating in Autism Speaks, “Walk Now for Autism”, my hope is that I will soon hear “Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, Autistic Disorder, and PDD-NOS are included in public policy, advocacy, the media, and ALL disability related things.As always, “Nothing About Us, Without Us!” ~ Disability Rights Movement