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My younger sister is 18-years-old and has autism. I have friends who have Aspberger's syndrome. I think the two disorders are very different even though they are both referred to as autism spectrum disorders.
I don't think the term Aspberger's should be dropped because to me, Aspberger's characteristics are very different than autistic characteristics, based on those who I've encountered with each disorder.
Having both terms helps people start to describe the person's condition. However, each person should be treated on an individual basis. People should not assume that someone with autism or Aspberger's acts the same way as everyone else with that condition. That's why there are terms to describe those on the autism spectrum.
-Laura, Eugene, OR
posted 3 years, 3 months ago
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