Asperger 's Syndrome Is Not A Disease

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Asperger’s Syndrome is defined as a developmental disorder related to autism and characterized by higher than average intellectual ability coupled with impaired social skills. Asperger’s Syndrome is on the same spectrum as Autism and individuals suffering from Asperger’s can display some of the same debilitating issues as those with Autism. As with Autism people suffering from Asperger’s are very intelligent, however, they may not present this knowledge due to their disability. Even though people suffering from Asperger’s can overcome this disease and live a normal productive life, learning basic life skills, effectively communicating with people, and the ability to make friends are essential to maintaining a productive life. These essential life skills are important to everyday life from being able to live on their own and take care of themselves to becoming a successful and productive member of society. Without learning these skills, it is possible that these individuals will live at home and be unable to hold down any meaningful job. “Asperger 's is not a disease. It 's a way of being. There is no cure, nor is there a need for one. There is, however, a need for knowledge and adaptation on the part of Aspergian kids and their families and friends.” (Robison Look me in the eye: my life with Asperger 's) One of the ways in which individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome suffers is from their ability to learn basic skills that will help them later in life. The ability for children to learn and develop the basic life skills needed to survive, is essential in a child’s upbringing and is a vital part of their psychological growth. Without these skills the individual may never be able to bath himself, cook himself dinner or even ... ... middle of paper ... ...t to world. With the recent changes in DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) the separation between autism and Asperger’s syndrome is being merged. In this new diagnosis tool, there will be no difference between the two mental disorders. Those that would have been diagnosed with Asperger’s will now fall into the Autism diagnosis. According to Jim Ball, a member of the Autism Society, “About 56% of people with autism graduate from high school, after high school about 18% were unemployed, 14% were in college.” (Walton "Living Life With Autism: Has Anything Really Changed?") The ability for these individuals to learn basic skill, effective communication, and develop long lasting relationships will be the difference between getting out on their own as a successful member of society or living at home, not being able to hold down a steady job.
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