Welcome to The Autistic Hermit. I am not a hermit in the literal sense of the word but in the 20+ years since diagnosis with Asperger’s Syndrome, my contact with the wider world of fellow autistics and experts, conferences etc has, for various reasons, been minimal.
Back when I was diagnosed in the mid-90s, conferences were still at a minimum and so were support groups, books etc. The lack of internet, except for a few lucky elite at the time, meant it was all the harder to link up with others except by the overly formal means of snail mail or the overly familiar one of ringing up the relative strangers you came across in the minimal media of the time.
Nevertheless I have had the benefit of some expert input, including from one relative, heard a few talks, read a few books and came to a conclusion re what Asperger’s Syndrome meant for me.
The one time I did go to a one day conference for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, I was overwhelmed by the range of fellow sufferers I met. There was everybody from a guy running his own gardening business who hogged his lawnmower about on the tube, to others with slurred speech who looked like the DSS had bought their clothes – in short, both those I would look at and conclude were ‘normal’ and those who I would have assumed had some more severe condition.
I even heard one man give a talk about how he’d learned to cope with the condition and hand out copies of the survivor’s guide he’d written which suggested various ‘deception strategies’ to try and look as normal as possible in society. His apparent suicide shortly afterwards left me taking his conclusions on this matter with rather more salt than I would have done previously.
I have been reassured however that I am not the only ‘Aspie’ as we call ourselves who prefers not to put their identity in their condition and does not spend hours reading up on it. I have been taught what the basic factors of it are and feel I can work with these basics and occasional consultation with others.
At the end of the day it is still a complex condition and you only have to look at the amount of research still taking place to know that no-one has the whole truth about it.
But these pages will give you my musings on the condition and occasionally some insights into the four decades that have led up to this point.
I hope you enjoy them.