“Look me in the eye”
The Friends of the Library sponsored a most interesting Noon Book Talk yesterday. Shaun Ford, who has Aspergers Syndrome, spoke about John Elder Robison’s book, Look Me in the Eye and about his own life – “Familiar Strangers – Living with Undiagnosed Aspergers.” Shaun was not diagnosed with Aspergers until age 28.
Shaun, eloquently and with humor, gave a brief view into his life and I think the audience would have gladly stayed another hour – or two – to learn more.
Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. Children with Asperger’s syndrome typically exhibit social awkwardness and an all-absorbing interest in specific topics.
Doctors group Asperger’s syndrome with other conditions that are called autistic spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders. These disorders all involve problems with social skills and communication. Asperger’s syndrome is generally thought to be at the milder end of this spectrum.