Dean is 10 years old and has Asperger’s syndrome. He also has a passion for history and can tell you just about anything you want to know about the past. He knows all the presidents. His favorite time period in history is the age of discovery, and his favorite person is Copernicus.
Dean is nicknamed “Google” or “The Absent-Minded Professor” at school. He has one brother who doesn’t have Asperger’s, but he sometimes wishes he did. Why, you ask? Because Dean thinks Asperger’s is a great thing and is happy that he has it. Thinking differently than other people can sometimes be quite and asset! He also thinks having Asperger’s would cause his brother to like history more.
“Is there something you don’t like about having Asperger’s?” the interviewer asks.
“No, no, no,” Dean responds.
Why not look at Asperger’s and autism as positive traits instead of obstacles? Dean has a whole list in his head of people who have Asperger’s who went on to do great things after their diagnoses.
Watch this amazing video of Dean’s passion and knowledge for history and how he loves life with Asperger’s! SHARE to give others with Asperger’s Syndrome and autism the confidence to strive for their passions!
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?