I am the only one with Aspergers in my area HELP!

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09 Nov 2013, 6:36 pm

I wonder what percent of the population has Aspergers? Also, I live in New York State so is there any Asperger societies where I can meet people like me that live near me?



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09 Nov 2013, 6:43 pm

Here is an Asperger's meetup group in the Hudson Valley. Is that close to you?

http://www.meetup.com/Aspies-of-the-Round-Table/



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10 Nov 2013, 12:07 am

I'm sure there are Asperger's near you. New York covers a fairly big area. Here's the New York support groups and resources page from GRASP: http://grasp.org/page/new-york-spectrum-resourceshttp://grasp.org/page/new-york-spectrum-resources


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10 Nov 2013, 12:37 am

People with AS aren't going to be any more understanding and welcoming of you than others.



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10 Nov 2013, 3:55 am

Dillogic wrote:
People with AS aren't going to be any more understanding and welcoming of you than others.


You don't know that for sure.

I find I get along better when people relate to my symptoms. My best friend has bipolar and ADHD. She relates a little to AS but not completely.

I'm the only person with Asperger's I know or have ever met. Actually I met the singer of The Vines. That was my first experience of meeting someone with special interests that was different than your own. We didn't say much to each other.


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10 Nov 2013, 4:10 am

The official statistics is 1 person out of 88 is an aspie. Just a few years ago it was 1 in 200 people so you see how the trend is going.

You have not met any aspies you know about. People usually disclose if they disclose at all to family members and close friends. And there are a lot of aspies who don't know they are aspies. So chances are you have met a few along the way.


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10 Nov 2013, 8:03 am

pensieve wrote:
You don't know that for sure.


I'd hazard a guess that the lack of empathy, insight and marked egocentricity of those with AS would lead to them actually being worst in regards to understanding others, no matter if they have the same disorder or not.

I'd also say that any meetup of people with an ASD would be just a whole heap of people lecturing one another and/or not interacting.

Whilst normal people will also struggle with understanding those with an ASD, they'll probably be better at it.



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10 Nov 2013, 8:56 am

Dillogic wrote:
pensieve wrote:
You don't know that for sure.


I'd hazard a guess that the lack of empathy, insight and marked egocentricity of those with AS would lead to them actually being worst in regards to understanding others, no matter if they have the same disorder or not.

I'd also say that any meetup of people with an ASD would be just a whole heap of people lecturing one another and/or not interacting.

Whilst normal people will also struggle with understanding those with an ASD, they'll probably be better at it.


Good points!



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10 Nov 2013, 3:12 pm

Dillogic wrote:
pensieve wrote:
You don't know that for sure.


I'd hazard a guess that the lack of empathy, insight and marked egocentricity of those with AS would lead to them actually being worst in regards to understanding others, no matter if they have the same disorder or not.

I'd also say that any meetup of people with an ASD would be just a whole heap of people lecturing one another and/or not interacting.

Whilst normal people will also struggle with understanding those with an ASD, they'll probably be better at it.



Contrary to what NT's say, people with ASD are not incapable of empathy. They have more difficulty learning it. They are capable of developing a logical empathy.

There is a little bit of truth to what you say. People who have lived their life in isolation, lecturing at NT's, would have a hard time adjusting to a new paradigm, but it can be done.



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10 Nov 2013, 9:27 pm

Dillogic wrote:
pensieve wrote:
You don't know that for sure.


I'd also say that any meetup of people with an ASD would be just a whole heap of people lecturing one another and/or not interacting.


My very limited experience has been the opposite but they were SUPPORT groups. The end of these meetings have ended with some members of the group in serious conversations with each other. The differences were the topics discussed and no hugging, kissing goodbye, loud laughter etc. If two random aspies who did know the other was on the spectrum it might be different.


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