Posted: Oct 3, 2012 at 10:34 AM [Oct 3, 2012]
Many people live with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism, but far too many people are either too ashamed to tell their friends and loved ones for fear of loss of prestige and reputation in Society. But this is wrong, Aspergers Syndrome is something that people should be proud of, just ask people like Albert Einstein and Thomas Alva Edison. If a Medical doctor who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell Medical School in Ithaca, New York was diagnosed with acute life-threatening pancreatic cancer at age 65, would we simply shun him away from Society? No, because we have compassion for human beings. Or suppose a top notch lawyer, who graduated top of his class, graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, at the Prestigious Harvard Law School, but happens to be gay and after 35 years of Sexual Intercourse with other gay men, is suddenly diagnosed as being H.I.V. positive and is dying of A.I.D.S., would we shun him from Society? Nooooo!
But, when it comes to certain developmental conditions like Autism and Aspergers Syndrome we do shun people from Society. But why? Because we are so so Ignorant. But how to remove this stigma of shame from the mainstream Society. That is the Fundamental Goal of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association of New York. Its main objective has always been to enhance the awareness of the talent and courage of dynamic young people as well as adults with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism, as well as other related Autism Spectrum Disorders.
This Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association of New York is meant to engage all members of the Community, from cradle to grave in conductive productive meetings to find ways to celebrate the "Distinctive Differentness" of people who have Asperger Syndrome. Many employers are simply afraid to higher people with Asperger Syndrome, secretly because they fear that it will not only cost their company substantially more money, but will also diminish the reputation of high caliber firms like Johnson and Johnson, Lehmann Brothers as well as Proctor and Gamble.
This has to stop! According to Dr.Temple Grandin, a World-Renowned Autism Spectrum Disorder advocate, we are letting our owning personal prejudices eat away at the very core of our Human Society!
Unless and until we learn to stop this, those poor folks who do have talents will continue to suffer, and ONLY WE THE SOCIETY is to blame.