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Asperger's and IT: Dark secret or open secret?

Asperger's Syndrome has been a part of IT for as long as there's been IT. So why aren't we doing better by the Aspies among us?
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I started reading this article mainly because it's very different than your typical tech article in ComputerWorld. Having worked in IT for more than 15 years, I've met a lot of people. Asperberger's is not always a specific set of symptoms, it's more of a range or pattern of behaviors/tendencies hinged around more limited social interaction and understanding of social situations, while still retaining average or even above (or far above) cognitive abilities.

It's funny, but if you read the characteristics, it's almost the classic definition of tech geek.

So if you're a technologist, the question is not most likely "Do you have Asberger's tendencies?", but how many do you have. And what coping mechanisms have you developed?

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Craig Wiseman June 6th, 2008 07:05:00 AM

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