John Elder Robison grew up in the 1960s before the Asperger diagnosis came into common use. After dropping out of high school, John worked in the music business where he created sound effects and electronic devices, including the signature illuminated, smoking, and rocket firing guitars he built for KISS. Later John worked on some of the first video games and talking toys at Milton Bradley. After a ten year career in electronics John founded Robison Service, a specialty automobile company in Springfield, Massachusetts. Author: John Elder Robinson – Paperback: 302 pages
Albert Einstein stated if you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. In this book John Robison does just that he simply explains his life with Asperger’s syndrome through short stories. As you read his book, you quickly learn that there’s nothing scientific about this book and he does an exceptional job sharing his journey with Aspergers with readers around the world. Many of us know what it’s like to struggle, what’s it’s like to have good days and difficult days what I like most about John was his perseverance. Also, when an opportunity presented itself, he was passionate about pushing the limits and delivering his best. I enjoyed this book very much and would share it with anyone interested in understanding Asperger’s or someone who’s curious about what it is.
SOME OF MY FAVORITE POINTS:
People began looking at me and listening to me as if I was a prodigy. This was especially true of my family, my few friends, and my parents’ close friends. They were a good audience, because they always seemed to like me, even when other people didn’t. They saw how intently I studied things. They saw how often I was right, and they heard the certainty in my voice when I said things. It seemed to be a case of “say it and it must be so.” My Life with Asperger’s (p. 35-36).
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The trouble was, the higher I advanced in the corporate world, the more I had to rely on my people skills and the less my technical skills and creativity mattered. For someone like me, that was a formula for disaster. My Life with Asperger’s (p. 204).
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My conversational difficulties highlight a problem Aspergians face every day. A person with an obvious disability— for example, someone in a wheelchair— is treated compassionately because his handicap is obvious. No one turns to a guy in a wheelchair and says, “Quick! Let’s run across the street!” And when he can’t run across the street, no one says, “What’s his problem?” They offer to help him across the street. My Life with Asperger’s (p. 194).
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Rather than take a close and sympathetic look at me, it proved easier and less controversial for the professionals to say I was just lazy, or angry, or defiant. But none of those words led to a solution for my problems. My Life with Asperger’s (p. 90).