There’s a really lovely article on the St. John’s Telegram website right now about a young man who has ‘The Asperger’s Advantage.’ I loved the title of the article so much I wanted to post a link to it on our blog. It’s written by Krysta Colbourne of the Grand Falls-Windsor Advertiser and you can find it here.
I’ve been reading Temple Grandin’s Thinking in Pictures this week and this article is a perfect example a common theme in her writing: people on the spectrum using their special interests to develop a career. This theme is shared by other authors like John Elder Robison – whose new book Be Different is going to be on my bedside table soon.
They all possess what I’m now going to call The Asperger’s Advantage – interests that they nurture and develop long after us neurotypicals have moved on to the next thing. A great life lesson about what we can learn from one another’s strengths.