Tһіѕ video ɡοt a ƖіttƖе out οf hand, аחԁ I һаԁ tο сυt іt іחtο two раrtѕ. Im asking fοr уουr һеƖр fellow youtubers. I һаνе bееח аѕkеԁ tο bе tһе closing speaker bу tһе organisers οf аח asperger conference here іח Denmark. Tһеу even Ɩеt mе talk аbουt whatever i wanted! ѕο i ԁесіԁеԁ tο talk аbουt Aspergers/Autistic Identity. Ive written down ѕοmе keywords аחԁ im asking fοr уουr һеƖр tο see іf i missed something vital. AƖƖ input wіƖƖ bе appriciated. SһουƖԁ i maybe сһοοѕе tο talk аbουt something completly different? Ɩеt mе know! Tһе random apperance іѕ caused bу mу showering, shaving аחԁ חοt doing anything tο mу hair:) іtѕ NOT a fire іח tһе background, іtѕ simply tһе bathroom lights still οח. I didnt notice untill аftеr tһе ranting :) Tһеrе іѕ חο tape. Comment plix! note: раrt two іѕ currently being uploaded. I need tο record іח a lowere solution, uploading Ɩіkе tһіѕ takes a full day

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25 Responses to “Aspergers Syndrome: Identity part 2”
  1. philsaspiezone says:

    There is no services for adults with Asperger syndrome here in the UK and especially if you are older then people will be given no help whatsoever in terms of looking for a job. For Asperger syndrome people like myself Job interviews are an unfair method of employee selection that favours the neurotypical. I think that there should be some sort of mentoring in this area and decent services for adults with AS here in the UK and not the patchy crap there is.

  2. pragmatician says:

    Wise words. Keep on going.

  3. augustskies says:

    aspergers does not exist. Being super intelligent and lacking social skills is called being a nerd.

    I have almost all of the “symptoms” but I dont consider myself an aspie. I work on my social skills and I observe people that do.

    Its like anything in life, the things you are not born with you must learn.

    Im not fully convinced that autisim even exists. Everyone I have seen are just spoiled brats that grow to be “High Functioning”

    Someone show me proof.

  4. BumsenDK says:

    “Doing well” is absolutely a personal definition.

    Im highly motivated in life, and I do have to do many hard things. But I want to them, since I feel that trough doing them, I prove to myself and the world that I can.

  5. AnonGemini says:

    “Do well in life” means different things to different people. What you class as “do well in life” to me would probably be about as attractive a life as being a sewage worker would be to anyone else.

    “Doing well” to me is having enough money that I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do. Unfortunately almost all jobs involve those very things. Those very things being people.

    The people I work with seem great. But it is tiring, and whereas I don’t judge them I am sure they are me.

  6. BumsenDK says:

    Thnx for sharing. Sure sounds like alot of us. Maybe try to persue a diagnosis? you might be able to get some support then, or tutoring, to make the job-hunt easier?

  7. captainjaneway80 says:

    Part 3: When the boss called to tell me that I’m not hired she told me to not get discouraged, they will be hiring again in November and told me to gain some confidence. I don’t feel I lack in confidence regarding the job. But I am somehow giving off this signal. Anyway, I am undiagnosed and have just discovered that my life story matches many aspies. I wanted to share my experience of prejudice in the work place and frustration too. And I like your videos.

  8. captainjaneway80 says:

    Part 2 of my comment: So, I managed to get into the program by practicing and pretending. I felt like a fraud during that interview. Well, I have one semester left and the place where my classmates and I do our clinical hours is now hiring. They hired 5 out of the 12 of us and of course, I didn’t get hired. The feed back I get is: “You don’t talk” so I say, “what am I supposed to be saying?” I really do talk but i think they mean I don’t say something when I am supposed to? Confused.

  9. captainjaneway80 says:

    Regarding getting a job. After having jobs all of my life such as gas station attendant, fast food service and janitorial I went back to school so I could get training for a better job. I had a hard time getting into the highly competitive training program the first time I tried because of my lack of interviewing skills. Even though I had high grades in my pre req classes. I applied the next year and managed to get in. I had to act like a NT, I had no idea at the time that’s what I was doing

  10. Thanos700 says:

    hey man add me i have aspergers and im trying to make internet friends… im 19 and i was diagnosed young so im relatively mild….. in response to what you said personally i found “contextual” reading that pertained to characters in a social situation more difficult than vocabulary and general language comprehension… but everyone’s different… a stereotype i hate about AS is that we’re all “technical” learners as opposed to “literary”.. as Ive always been more “literary”

  11. Thanos700 says:

    Hey man add my page im trying to make net friends with other people with aspergers so im not so self-conscious about my own problems.

  12. Thanos700 says:

    hey i agree man. I responded similarly after seeing this vid. Its not so much being prejudice towards classic autistics, its just a matter of seeing concepts with more “depth”. Because i dont like being clumped into a huge umbrella without any guidelines. Personally i think we should get rid of the word “autistic” because everyone on earth has some degree of “autism” as in “neurotypicals”. But due to most classic autistics being mentally retarded some people think aspergers is “mild M.R.”

  13. BeautyInTheBeholder says:

    Felix, thank you for your candor in addressing the fact that some people w/Asperger’s don’t want to be labeled autistic. It’s a sensitive subject no one wants to talk about, but needs to be discussed. There are significant differences between Aspergers and non-Asperger’s autism – and each should be approached differently.

  14. doggiedoo79 says:

    Also, sensory issues need to be brought up. It seems like this is more autism-related topic, but I have AS and suffer it severely. I cannot work or leave my home much because of this. I wonder how many with AS have totally impared lives due to sensory problems alone?

  15. doggiedoo79 says:

    Oaks4Peace brings up a crucial topic-adults on the spectrum remain practaclly invisible. Too much of the focus is on kids. This is obviously not their fault but that of neuro-typical adult community. I hope the autism community wants to see EQUAL opportunity applied to each generation, race and creed. I feel very offended and hurt and have written an essay for an autism newsletter, MAAP, regarding this topic. Adults matter-your kids WILL grow up would make a good heading.

  16. 999choux999 says:

    It would be interesting to know more about your school experience…the comment that AS people can understand the books better than the average kid but often struggle with grades…it would be interesting to know more about why they don’t “make the grade”…what, in your opinion, do AS students need in order to do better in school?

  17. 999choux999 says:

    I personally feel that people should not have to receive a large, stigmatizing label such as AS/Austism to receive adapted services (educational or medical). By getting a label people can be helped and at the same time they are harmed by getting the label. Since the AS spectrum community is so large, I feel it should be considered part of normal. Also, because spectrum effects can be so varied, the label is too imprecise to be very useful. What do you think about this?

  18. BumsenDK says:

    right, ill dig a few up. I might even give it a complete test-run here on youtube before it goes “live” at the convention.

  19. 999choux999 says:

    I think you have great topic ideas for your talk. It would be good to give some brief, real-life anecdotes about the situations you are discussing. These examples could verbally enhance your topics (rather like how photographs enhance newspaper articles).

  20. hydroszippo says:

    (…)and less on purely social or conforming objectives. it’s an independant identity.

    it’s important for all people, including asperger’s/autistics to have a positive concept of their own identity, and this brings out the best in them.

    A person’s concept of their identity comes partly from who/what other people tell them they are or treat them.

    It’s easier to understand other people and also oneself, if you understand the inherent differences (and similarities) in people.

  21. hydroszippo says:

    Hey BumsenDK, (I’m posting under a friend’s account)

    a few thoughts,
    all people’s identities can’t be limited to the labels that are attached to them.

    neurology influences the way a person is likely to think or consider things and what their Priorities and Beliefs ultimately become. This gives every person a unique perspective and orientation relating to the world and their life. An autistic’s identity is more attached to their unique priorities for assessing things…(continued..)

  22. Yetti0 says:

    what I can’t understand is that we older and late diagnosed aspies who did well in life, are considered an affront to many aspies who claim there is nothing they can do to make their lives better. I find this hogwash. I also found many of those same people and/or their parents seem to be negative and consistant victims of everything. We have to consider familial influences and the different co morbid disorders aspies have as unique.

  23. Yetti0 says:

    My new identity as an aspie is one of being “the chosen one” i feel great! I have always been an aspie and just learned I am after 56 yrs. I like me. :) I like being an aspie ~ I am glad to finally put a name to my difference from NTs. Its a homey feeling. We auties are not all the same. We are as different as NTs are with each other. There are many aspies I find ignorant, manipulative, and controlling by using their aspergers and not dealing with their comorbid disorders.

  24. Oaks4Peace says:

    Alienation by society, particularly when a person with Asperger’s crosses the threshold into adulthood. The lack of services for adults stems from that fear and/or hatred of disabled people.

  25. BumsenDK says:

    how would you suggest i describe this? could i call it an alienation by the social services or something like that?

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