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March 30, 2006

Aspie Links

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* I've been enjoying the blogpostings of Astryngia, a British woman who wrestles with a heavy dose of Asperger's in her life. Her mom, her husband, and her son are all Aspies -- that has got to be seriously challenging. Astryngia is blunt, honest, and insightful about her struggles and frustrations.

* Did you know that 2006 is International Asperger's Year?



posted by Michael at March 30, 2006


Asperger's is said to be quite common among railfans, and indeed the railfan forum that I frequent seems to be have a few regulars who are, well, _off_.

Posted by: Peter on March 30, 2006 8:33 PM

"Off" is a good word for them. I don't know why, but I'm not surprised that the railfan world would be populated by a good number of Aspies. Evidently many are given to intense interests in oddball subjects ... How do you find it dealing with them? I think the hardest thing is to remember that they don't mean anything by their "off" behavior. There's no agenda, and they can't really (or shouldn't really) be read in conventional-human ways. They just have their own, slightly strange ways of going about things ...

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on March 31, 2006 10:45 AM

"* Did you know that 2006 is International Asperger's Year?"



Posted by: Doug Sundseth on March 31, 2006 11:49 PM

Astryngia defined. I like! Thanks for your understanding.

As for 'off' - it's a lot easier when they have insight into their 'difference'. Either way, just think 'Mr Spock' and you'll be half way to empathising with their 'take' on the world. A most honourable 'species'! Frustrating beyond words!!!

The poem, A Martian Sends a Postcard Home by Roger McGough offers a little insight into what their world must be like.

Posted by: Astryngia on April 11, 2006 4:34 PM

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