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Joined: 23 Nov 2009
Age: 39
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30 Nov 2009, 12:46 pm

You see a lot of them online because we're all on equal footing here.

You can't see my body language, I can't see yours, you can't try to use verbal cues to imply meaning, it wouldn't even occur to me to try.

While everyone else is trying to adapt to that, we've all been dealing with it all our lives.

In the land of the net, the Aspie is king.


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Joined: 27 Oct 2007
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03 Dec 2009, 12:31 am

I've heard people on spectrum referred to as "medical minority" like the deaf community...


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Joined: 16 Oct 2009
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03 Dec 2009, 12:39 am

I think some people are speaking "minority" when they mean "culture."

Are we a minority? Yes, both statistically (1/100, 1/250, whatever stat you choose) and legally (in jurisdictions that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability).

The deeper question is, "Do Aspies form a culture within society?" Certainly forums like this, and events like Aspie Pride suggest the early stages of one. But we are not as advanced as the gay community in establishing a cultural presence within mainstream society.