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The Connection Between Asperger's Syndrome and the IT World

Friday, October 10, 2008


There is an ever growing awareness of Asperger's Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. Recently, specialists have noticed a connection between Asperger's Syndrome and the IT world. Dr. Temple Grandin, the author of “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's and other books on AS, made an interesting comment regarding the connection. She states, "Is there a connection between Asperger's and IT? All these labels -- 'geek' and 'nerd' and 'mild Asperger's' -- are all getting at the same thing. ... The Asperger's brain is interested in things rather than people, and people who are interested in things have given us the computer you're working on right now."

So, why is someone with AS a good fit for the IT World? A technical, diagnostic job, with little human interaction allows an Aspie to have a safe and controlled work environment. They are able to focus on a specific problem following a strict routine and system rather than spending their time working to detect and satisfy the emotional needs of others. If you are interesting in reading more about AS and IT, I found the article in Computer World magazine very interesting - “Asperger's and IT: Dark Secret or Open Secret”.



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