I just read your aspergerssyndrome.org page. All I have are a few questions.
1. Are you for real?
2. No, really, how solid is your Asperger's diagnosis?Since I have moved several times, I have seen three different psychiatrists and two psychologists who have confirmed the diagnosis.
3. I know nothing about it, does the medical community really know more than I do?
Individual differences between individuals with AS tend to differ a great deal, so you really need to know more about the individual than about AS per se. A lot of research has been done about AS in recent years and we are learning more and more.
4. Are there other individuals, such as yourself, who fit into the DSM-IV definition, but who are also fairly successful in life?
Yes. Temple Grandin has designed more than one third of all cattle processing plants in the U.S. Vermon Smith received the Nobel price is economics a few years ago.
5. Is Aspergers a gift or a curse?It is probably a bit of both. For many, it is more of a curse. I do not know what life without AS would be like. For some people who have more severe problems, it is much more of a curse.