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10 Things Your Autistic Friend Wants You To Know

Hello, I’m Gwen Kansen and I have Asperger’s Syndrome.

I repeat myself a lot. If a room is crowded I try to get out immediately. It takes me longer than most people to do pretty much everything because I make slow transitions. But I’m fun at dive bars. I used to manage a vintage clothing store. You might not notice I’m weird right away.

Chances are you know a few people on the spectrum. We may not tell you because autism isn’t the sexiest mental problem out there, especially when compared to more easily romanticized mental illnesses like bipolar disorder. Here are few things you should know about us autistic folks: Keep reading »

Susan Boyle Has Asperger’s Syndrome

  • Susan Boyle revealed she has Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. The Scottish singer became famous on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2009 and received her diagnosis only last year. As a child, she had been told by doctors that she was brain damaged, although she never believed it. [Guardian UK]
  • LaToya Jackson married her longtime friend and business partner, Jeffre Phillips. Mazel tov!  [US Weekly]
  • Leighton Meester is joining the cast of “Of Mice And Men” on Broadway. The revival is starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd. [Variety]
  • After getting trashed by some people (but not everyone!) for her performance in “The Sound of Music Live,” Carrie Underwood is praying for the “mean people” who “need Jesus.” [Eonline] Keep reading »

“The Amazing Race” Welcomes A Contestant With Asperger’s Syndrome

On the Sunday premiere of “The Amazing Race,” Zev Glassenberg, a 26-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome, will become the latest reality show contestant to openly acknowledge having the disorder. We think this is very cool, but we have to ask: Why does Asperger’s get so much play in the media? First, there was Heather on cycle 9 of “America’s Next Top Model,” who rocked her socially-awkward-but-totally-hot self into a spot in the final four. Then Hugh Dancy sexed up the disorder in the super sweet movie, “Adam.” Now Jodi Picoult, the author of “My Sister’s Keeper,” is releasing a new book about a teen with a flair for forensics and an Asperger’s diagnosis. Is Asperger’s the telegenic end of the autism spectrum? While awareness is very important and while we all need to understand that it doesn’t mean a person is disabled but is differently-abled, maybe we’re ready to see some other psychological disorders in pop culture. Can we see more people with Tourette’s on TV? Or some savants? I’m really only half joking here. Keep reading »

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