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John Elder Robison was diagnosed with autism at the age of 40. He is famously known as an author, with the well-known published book Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s amongst others.

John currently works as the Neurodiversity Scholar at William and Mary and is a member of IACC (Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee).

As with many others with Asperger’s, what I love about John’s work is the honesty. Within Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s, you’ll get the plain truth…with a dash of good humour. His stories of growing up with autism are relatable for many people and are an honest tale of the strengths and struggles of growing up with Asperger’s.

 

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So here they are…15 quotes about Asperger’s from John Elder Robison.

1. “And now I know it is perfectly natural for me not to look at someone when I talk. Those of us with Asperger’s are just not comfortable doing it. In fact, I don’t really understand why it’s considered normal to stare at someone’s eyeballs.”

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2.”In the past, when people criticized me for asking unexpected questions, I felt ashamed. Now I realize that normal people are acting in a superficial and often false manner. So rather than let them make me feel bad, I express my annoyance. It’s my way of trying to strike a blow for logic and rationality.”

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3.“Building up a weakness just makes you less disabled. Building a strength can take you to the top of the world.”

 

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4.“Saying you “have” something implies that it’s temporary and undesirable. Asperger’s isn’t like that. You’ve been Aspergian as long as you can remember, and you’ll be that way all your life. It’s a way of being, not a disease.”

 

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5.“There are plenty of people in the world whose lives are governed by rote and routine. Such people will never be happy dealing with me, because I don’t conform. Luckily, the world is also full of people who care about results, and those people are usually very happy with me,”

 

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6.“Simply making myself aware of others has remarkably improved my social life. People accept me much faster now that I ignore them less.”

 

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7.“Many descriptions of autism and Asperger’s describe people like me as “not wanting contact with others” or “preferring to play alone.” I can’t speak for other kids, but I’d like to be very clear about my own feelings: I did not ever want to be alone.”

 

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8.“Asperger’s is not a disease. It’s a way of being. There is no cure, nor is there a need for one. There is, however, a need for knowledge and adaptation on the part of Aspergian kids and their families and friends.”

 

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9.“It must be my logical consideration of a decision many see as purely intuitive or emotional that throws other people for a loop.”

 

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10.“The hard part was living the contrast between being rich and being broke. It was like being smart, and waking up one day to find yourself dumb as a rock, but able to remember your former brains.”

 

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11.“Because speaking while watching things has always been difficult for me, learning to drive a car and talk at the same time was a tough one, but I mastered it.”

 

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12.“Even at five, I was beginning to understand the world of things better than the world of people.”

 

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13.“I felt like a fraud because I could not do anything in the normal way. I couldn’t complete school. I couldn’t “advance through the ranks.” I couldn’t “do it by the book.” And I always ignored the rules.”

 

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14.“Had I not been drawn out by interested grown-ups, I might well have drifted farther into the world of autism. I might have ceased to communicate.”

 

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15.“I named him Poodle, beginning a long tradition of functional pet naming.”

 

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Blunt. Beautiful. True. Thank you Aspergian!

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