- Posted February 15, 2010 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
"Keep Asperger's syndrome diagnosis seperate"
After reading a story about Mary Calhoun Brown telling about her son who has the Asperger's syndrome, I decided to write an iReport.
I'm suffering from the Asperger's syndrome too. I received my diagnosis in 2007, just before my new school year started.
Although I'm not a American citizen, I want to tell about my Asperger's. Here in the Netherlands the Asperger's syndrome is already part of the autism spectrum disorders and is treated like 'mild autism'. I think it's important that Asperger's syndrome is a separate diagnosis, because there are too many differences compared to 'normal autism'. For instance, I have no learning problems at all.
I agree with Mary's son, William: if we take away 'Asperger's syndrome, people will not know as easily what this child needs to excel in school and in life.
I'm having problems with communication with other people in 'real life'. But I also have many benefits: I have a high IQ, I'm good at learning languages and I've got a very good memory, almost everything I see and hear is stored.
I also like to keep updated concerning the latest news and to build websites. I've found a way to combine these hobbies: since last year I'm running a website about the Dutch municipal elections at http://www.nlkiest.nl/ (Dutch). The website is called 'Nederland Kiest', translated it would mean 'Netherlands Choses'.
About my website
Nederland Kiest was established in June of 2009.
All my life I am interested in the latest news. Always curious about what the happened in the world around me. I can combine this with my hobby: making websites. Netherland Kiest is not my first site, I've been working on several news websites (European Parliament elections, world news).
I also love to write for CNN. Here are two examples of my news articles:
Before I would go to the third grade of secondary school, many pieces dropped into place: I received the diagnosis autism (Asperger's Syndrome). Suddenly it became clear why I had trouble all those years in the social field (conversations, make friends and go to parties). It also made clear why I had so much interest in the latest news.
My syndrome doesn't prevent me from going through with what I do best: writing news articles and building websites. This website is an indicator to see how far my strengths reach.
Nederland Kiest is meant for everyone in the Netherlands.