Caroline Bidal may have said it best when she wrote, “People with AS have a totally different point of view of the world than the general public.” In her book, Thank God I’m Different: About Asperger’s Syndrome, Bidal talks about how she embraces and “loves” that she has Asperger’s Syndrome, because it allows her (and people like her) to “become aware of our great gifts…and use them in a wise matter.”

There are so many favorable traits of Asperger’s that people don’t usually realize, so take a minute to learn about the many ways Asperger’s positively affects people.

People with Asperger’s,

  1. are more likely to pursue a college or university education than the general public .
  2. are less likely to lie, steal or manipulate others.
  3. bring a unique and original perspective to problem solving.
  4. don’t discriminate against anyone based on their race, gender, or age.
  5. are persistent and driven. When they set their minds to something or make a promise, they usually follow through.
  6. are very accepting of the quirks or differences (both physical, emotional and mental) in others.
  7. have above-average intelligence.
  8. are not susceptible to peer pressure and will not go along with something they believe is wrong, just because others are doing it.
  9. don’t usually enjoy meaningless small talk and trivialities. Instead they prefer to talk about more significant things, like current events or skills and topics they enjoy.
  10. pay attention to unique details of a story that others may miss.
  11. enjoy spending time with themselves and don’t become nervous or uneasy if they are left alone.
  12. enjoy routines and consistency at home, school and work, but are able to adapt to changes with support and encouragement.
  13. can listen to people’s problems and provide a fresh perspective, offering advice based on just the information provided, not social stigmas or norms.
  14. have values based on love, friendship, and kindness – not  financial, social, or political.
  15. tend to enjoy learning about technology and are often proficient in media – an important skill for most of today’s employers.

Debra Solomon, founder of Spectrum Strategies sees the strengths, the beauty, and the life lessons in each and every individual on the autism spectrum and with Asperger’s Syndrome. Debra is focused on training young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Asperger’s to accomplish life and career goals, no matter how big or small. She believes that through determination and commitment, every client has the ability to live life to the fullest potential. Call (516) 822-3150 for your one on one and let’s get you reaching for the stars!