Understanding People with (Hidden) Disabilities

Penelope Trunk wrote an excellent and heart-tugging piece about Asperger’s Syndrome and how it affects her. It is a poignant piece that describes her thought processes, and how a day at the bureaucracy puts her into a tailspin.

I had no idea that she had Asperger’s Syndrome; Richard Stallman (rms) – the person behind the GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation – is supposed to have Asperger’s.

A disability such as this is hidden and its effects can be unknown; this leads to a lack of understanding of how a person with such a disability may find themselves hampered in their daily lives (including work lives). Disabilities such as Asperger’s, dyslexia, and others can lead to people not being compassionate or sympathetic when this is what the sufferer needs most.

2 thoughts on “Understanding People with (Hidden) Disabilities”

  1. Well, THANKS A LOT, DAVE!! Now I have another blog to read. 🙂

    And I thought that *I* disliked visiting the DMV… Things could always be worse, it seems.

    And, while I won’t add to the advice of all the well-meaning readers of Penelope’s blog by commenting there… The “farmer” seems like a decent guy and she should accept the risk and move to the farm with him. Avoiding risk is no way to live life.

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