I am an Independent thinking highly functional person who is deaf and has some Aspie traits. That makes me a pretty rare creature on this earth. I became deaf about 30 years ago and have had Aspie traits all my life but only recently discovered that it had a name. I have a somewhat different view of the world that you may find interesting, maybe even enlightening.
I am deaf but that is not who I am. It is just an affliction that I must cope with on a daily basis. I went deaf about thirty years ago. Even though it is difficult and extremely tiring at times I have maintained my roots in the hearing world. I am seldom around other deaf people but welcome them when I do meet them.
I have several Aspie traits but I don’t know if I “qualify” as an official Aspie. I didn’t discover that many of my traits had a name attached to them until relatively recently. Looking back I can now understand why I was sometimes quite different than those around me. While I shun eye contact, not very adept at social situations, and don’t care much for crowds I am for the most part seen as a highly intelligent functioning person (if there is such a thing). But being an Aspie has given me a different view of the world. If you want to get a more thorough understanding of Asperger’s Syndrome and how it affected me then take a look at my 10 part series “My Journey Into Asperger’s Syndrome”
I am passionate about many things in my life. Writing and particularly blogging is one of them so I blog about what gets me up in the morning and what excites me.
The main crux of this blog is I don’t let others tell me how to think about things or how to behave as I strive to intelligently form my own opinions but never reject wisdom wherever I find it. I am especially weary of what others call common sense. To me, too much of that is really just the prejudices taught to us by those around us.