Autism. Either 1 in 150, 1 in 85, or 1 in 66 people have autism, are autistic, or live on the autism spectrum, depending on who’s talking and who they are talking to. And I’ve got the nerve to start a blog that’s going to be a bi-weekly advice column all about autism and Asperger’s. (Yes, Asperger’s still exists. It’s labeled differently these days for Official Sort-of-Science-y Diagnostic Stuff, but it’s still here.)
My name is Jennifer and I come from a family in which having “strong autistic traits” is normal. Like the guy in the movie said, autism doesn’t just run in my family, it gallops! A bunch of us have been official diagnosed with various autism spectrum disorders, while the rest just keep living with a major combination of strong autistic traits and awesomeness.