Asperger’s Syndrome: Illness or Identity?

By Jo Case

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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.

Jo Case is the author of Boomer and Me: A memoir of motherhood and Asperger’s. Drawing on a blend of personal experience and research, she explores the questions of illness versus identity, and disability versus difference - and what it means to have your personality labelled with a medical diagnosis.