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Dec 27

Scientists Identify 27 Genes Associated With Asperger’s Syndrome: What Does This Mean?

Asperger’s syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it’s part of a distinct group of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by communication difficulties, social impairment, restrictive, sterotypical and repetitive patterns of behavior. Abnormalities in social interaction may include isolation, and a lack of ability to pick up on non verbal forms of communication. It’s also characterized by clumsiness and poor communication skills.

It is labelled as a disorder simply because there are observable differences with social interaction and behavior in social settings. Does that not seem highly questionable to you? So what if there are observable differences in behavior? Differences do not equal disorder, they are simply differences that are unique to the individual and require no cure.  When it comes to differences in brain functioning, the American Medical Association has a tendency to label them as disorders without sufficient evidence. When one reads a description of the ‘disorder’ the readers usually believe it without asking critical questions and making critical connections. If we are going to label something as a disorder  without evidence, it is equally plausible to label them as an advantage. Truth is, we are made up of the same thing, we all bring our unique individuality to the whole.

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