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your dreams will be reduced down to breathing, and you will be grateful

The thing about not-being-a-person is: They will say those people and the price of being a person is to nod and agree that yes, those people aren’t people at all. They will have no idea who they are talking to. You yourself will start to forget, too. They will say a million small things that sow the seeds for violence done against you, and you will smile and let them. You will do math, constantly. How much do I want to be a person today? How much do I want this project to succeed? How much honesty can I afford? How much dishonesty will kill me? What is the cost of coming out? Is there a way to delay, soften, transmute? How long can I survive as half a person? Ever since the world ended ... I don't go out as much. People that I once befriended, just don't bother to stay in touch. Things that used to seem so splendid, don't really matter today. It's just as well the world ended -- it wasn't working anyway. Your dreams will be reduced down to breathing. [Read More]

on 03/5/12 | 2 Comments | Read More

Aspergers and Employment

All of a sudden everyone's talking about the issue of employment and Asperger Syndrome, a subject which I wrote about last year in my book, Asperger's on the Job. People on the spectrum make great emp...[Read More]

on 03/31/11 | No Comments | Read More

How To Have A Successful Relationship When One Or Both Partners Has Aspergers

Of course it is possible to be on the autism spectrum, or to be in love with someone on the spectrum and have a happy, successful love life. However, while all relationships are complex, there are u...[Read More]

on 03/31/11 | 1 Comment | Read More

Social Tips for People with Aspergers

There comes a time in every Aspie's life, that having a life means facing our fears and going out into the world.  I love to sing, do stand up comedy, go to restaurants and sometimes (although very...[Read More]

on 01/27/11 | 1 Comment | Read More

Does Christmas Miss the Mark?

I am going to try not to stress too much in this article how silly I think Christmas is, holidays in general, and New Years eve most of all.  The fact of the matter is, here in the western hemispher...[Read More]

on 12/31/10 | No Comments | Read More

Why people with Aspergers seem so awkward around others

Non-autistic people or neurotypicals see safety in numbers.  We see threat. Unless we are shipwrecked and have been floating at sea in a dinghy for four days with no food we don't see safety in other...[Read More]

on 12/23/10 | 2 Comments | Read More

Imagine a World Where Aspergers Was the Norm

Imagine a world where Aspergers was the norm, and non-autistics or neurotypicals were the minority. Let's try it:  Those who feel the need to constantly be with a variety of friends are considered f...[Read More]

on 12/3/10 | 1 Comment | Read More

The Politics of Autism: Finding a Cure vs. Neurodiversity

In a recent interview I did with Steve Silberman (The Well,, Neurotribes and winner of the 2010 Kavli Science journalism award) he asked me what I thought about the "politics of autism" obs...[Read More]

on 11/15/10 | 2 Comments | Read More

I’m Right Here: Rudy Simone on Life as an “Aspergirl”

Rudy Simone is a writer, jazz singer, and stand-up comedian in San Francisco. She’s also a proud member of an often-misunderstood minority-within-a-minority: a woman on the autism spectrum — or as...[Read More]

on 10/29/10 | 2 Comments | Read More