Lunchbox/Soapbox: Jo Case: Asperger’s Syndrome: Identity or Illness?
Articles and commentaries on Asperger’s Syndrome are rife with references to the ‘condition’, ‘sufferers’ and ‘disability’. But many people who live with an Asperger’s diagnosis – for themselves or their families – experience it as a difference, not a disability.
Jo Case, author of Boomer and Me: A Memoir of Motherhood, and Asperger’s tackles some myths head-on, and tries to untangle the knotty issues around Asperger’s, drawing on personal experience.
Jo Case is the Program Manager at Melbourne Writers Festival. Before this, she was the Wheeler Centre’s senior writer/editor. Her first book, Boomer and Me: A memoir of motherhood, and Asperger’s is published by Hardie Grant in Australia and the UK.