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Do you consider yourself disabled?
Yes - I consider myself disabled 42%  42%  [ 71 ]
No - I do not consider myself disabled 18%  18%  [ 31 ]
No - I consider myself differently-abled 30%  30%  [ 50 ]
Other 10%  10%  [ 16 ]
Total votes : 168

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01 May 2012, 4:49 pm

It was a struggle when I was younger, but now that I learned to cope I've been better off as an adult. I feel like I've accomplished a lot from having Asperger's.



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02 May 2012, 3:42 am

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I'm definitely disabled. My retirement insurance thinks so too and pays me for sitting at home all day being depressed. Which is very frustrating, considering that I was a mostly functional and contributing member of society when I was younger. This would probably still be the case if it wasn't for the hell that is other apes. Those other apes decided that I was too weird to be part of the herd and tried to chase me away, and after a while they succeeded. Now I'm living out my days as a solitary pariah and the herd that refused to accept me has to pay the bill. You break it, you pay for it with your tax money. It has a certain karmic feel, but that's little consolation to this broken ape.

you are fortunate be be able to collect benefits of any kind. i get no bennies, and if the repubs have their way i will never collect any bennies. all the alpha/beta wolves chased this omega dog out of their packs long ago, so i am a lone wolf doggie just struggling to stay fed. i never liked those other wolves anyways, they were just mean and stanky. :eew: even if i were an ape, if the other apes got anywhere near me i'd tell 'em "get yer stinking paws off a'me, ya damned dirty apes!" but i'm sure you're a good clean ape, yourself :thumleft:



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02 May 2012, 3:53 am

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What do people think of terms like 'disabled person' vs 'person with a disability' vs 'differently-abled'?


I prefer disabled person. I am willing to deal with person with a disability. I hate differently abled.



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02 May 2012, 3:57 am

Yes I'm disabled.
If it were not for my AS I would have had an easier passage at school leading to better qualifications and a higher paid job.

I'm in a happy relationship with a beautiful AS girl but my life would have been even happier without the misery inducing curse of AS blighting it.



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02 May 2012, 4:01 pm

I feel disabled when it comes to establishing a romantic relationship and I certainly was disabled throughout my educational days as I was selectively mute but now in mature adulthood I don't feel disabled .I have learned to avoid social situations that put me at significant disadvantages.



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02 May 2012, 4:01 pm

I wouldn't consider myself disabled, simply because everything I -WANT- to do, I am capable of doing. Also because of progress made.

I would call myself disabled still, but it's only with things I dislike like work, most social interaction, etc. Too much going on, like having to do too much social interaction, will make me very exhausted and very mean, rude, etc. If I've had too much in a day, if someone asks me how I am or does some other sort of small talk, I'll usually end up saying "irrelevant. What do you want?" things like that.

If you asked me about the past, however, I would say that I used to be quite disabled because of all the tics and compulsive actions I -had- to do. I had no option but to stop what I was doing and cycle through whichever tic/compulsive movement/stim/whatever until it was completed - a process which could take anywhere from minutes to hours. Furthermore I had no desire to do these movements. I had no other choice though. Luckily over time I was able to minimize these to the point that I could function normally. There were all sorts of other weird things I had to do which I didn't want to. For instance, I slept with my covers pulled all the way over my head, every day, even though I hated sleeping like that and slept poorly because of it.



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02 May 2012, 5:16 pm

I consider myself to be disabled in that I was able to qualify for SSI after winning the appeal, as I have a hard time getting a job because while I might look great on paper, I don't interview well at all. I do have all 5 working senses, and I still say that because while I do wear glasses so I can drive legally, I'm nowhere close to being legally blind at all. That minor vision thing is something that runs in the family, as the NT's do wear glasses, and we started needing them in our mid 20's. I've even had my car insurance rates go down because I'm such a safe driver, which is possibly part of being an Aspie since I follow the laws of the road, even if it annoys impatient drivers behind me. I'm referring to signs saying "No Right Turn on Red" as I've had people honk because I want to make sure I never get a ticket.



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02 May 2012, 5:20 pm

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No. My AS is mild enough that I can work, live independently and generally take care of myself, so I don't think I could qualify as "disabled" by any criteria. I would consider it an "impairment", however.


this ^ very well-said statement ^ sums it up for me as well


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02 May 2012, 5:22 pm

I do in some ways, but not for what most people would think. I always felt the most limiting issue I have is being Red/Green Color Blind. It pretty much prevented me from following most career paths I wanted to do. Also even in the professions I have worked in I am always trying to compensate for not being able to see the colors normal people do. Worst part is its not even recognized as a disability...



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02 May 2012, 5:53 pm

I most certainty feel disabled, I just wish I was never born, I hate this aspie life, I have other stuff wrong with me and I cannot do anything about it.

The general public ridicules me daily, I cannot even walk down the street with someone hating on me under their breath.

I HATE the staring aspect of being aspie, of all the things that Aspergers can bring (Good or Bad) dammit, why did I have to have that trait?

I hate the negative stereotypes that comes with this stupid medical condition, I would never stalk anyone and I just want to live my life in peace, I'm tired of people hating on me for no reason, these as*holes IRL always attack me about things I cannot control, I try my best. :(

Its pushing me to eventually take a one way trip into the Hudson River.



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02 May 2012, 7:15 pm

Trainbuff, you sound like you're really frustrated. Please, please don't listen to the as*holes who are telling you that garbage. You really are worth something, and disability is not anything to be ashamed of. Let them stare; they're the ones looking stupid with their mouths open, like an Aspie walking down the street is something unusual and remarkable. If they've had so little experience of life that a random autistic person makes them stare, you might as well pity them for it. Disability is a normal part of human existence. Let them look--they'd better get used to it, because disabled folk are hiding away less and less, and if they can't deal with our being out and about, then they might as well start hiding in their own houses. Serve them right, too. Get a taste of their own medicine. We've got every much the right to the world that they have.


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02 May 2012, 7:16 pm

I would say "yes" and "no" since I can keep a job and work to support myself. Yet due to social phobia issues I am not able to go as far as I would like professionally. I will keep working towards overcoming some of my fears and due to a recent set back to include bullying, etc. I have less confidence and will work hard to get it back 8)


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02 May 2012, 10:37 pm

I don't think I'm disabled because my AS is now very mild. It was more severe when I was a kid, but I was diagnosed early enough to get a lot of help. I was in special ed classes up until 3rd grade. The para professionals in my preschool and elementary school taught me a lot about social skills and ways to cope with my AS. If only I could thanks them now. I still have some social difficulties, but I can keep up a decent GPA in school while doing sports and other extra-curricular activities.



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02 May 2012, 10:44 pm

I used to think so. Now that I've started to research AS and work with counsellors/group meetings, I'm starting to think we are the next evolutionary baby step and NTs need therapy more than I do.



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03 May 2012, 4:56 am

Yes, but not because of Asperger's. My mother might disagree with that, though, she sees it as a bigger problem than I do.



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03 May 2012, 8:17 am

Edited double post.



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