Thoughts on Finding Myself Differently Brained

Jane Meyerding


Since writing this essay in 1998, I've come to believe that the categorization of people into separate boxes labeled "Asperger Syndrome" and "autism" (or "high-functioning autism") is seriously misleading. I prefer to identify myself now as autistic, period, rather than AS; but since this essay shows part of the path by which I reached where I am now, I have not altered it to match my current (as of today, but always subject to change) thinking on the matter. For more on this topic, see the link on my main page to "The Great 'Why Label?' Debate" and/or click on "Defining autism vs. AS" on the Snippets page. (Note added 2002)


Autism; Neurodiversity


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