Tesla founder Elon Musk told Saturday Night Live, an American entertainment show last week, that he has Asperger Syndrome.
This syndrome is a form of autism, collectively referred to as autism spectrum diagnosis.
“I’m going to make history tonight as the first person with Asperger to lead live on Saturday night. Or at least admit it first,” Musk told a tumultuous crowd.
How my brain works
53 million people follow Musk on Twitter. Much of what he writes on his account has been harshly criticized.
“To all of you who have hurt me, I would like to say, ‘I know I sometimes say or post weird things, but that’s how my brain works. To all of you who hurt me, I want to say: I rediscovered electric cars, I send people to Mars. Did you think I would be a normal human being? ”Kasturi.
– Musk It would be nice for many people to say that they have Aspergers, and when you have a diagnosis, give them the impression that you are far away in life. This is what Annette Trongsholt, chair of the Autism Society of Norway, says
But like many others, the feeling is often the opposite. Many people think there is no Rainman or Musk.
– People with autism spectrum disorders, people with good language, people with developmental disabilities, who seem to function better in life, have many invisible difficulties. They find it difficult to get help.
Trongsholt says it can go in daily follow-up to help with homework or organizing the week.
– Kasturi may have at least one personal assistant. If you get the help you need, you have a completely different ability to use your strengths. Be creative, be an inventor.
Trongsholt says this is very important with personal understanding and follow-up. Many people need long-term and ongoing help, and have trusted helpers around them.
– If you have a diagnosis, it’s about a misunderstanding, you may have a communication problem. Even if you can speak well, it is not possible to communicate what you need. Many people wear masks in everyday life.
Drongsholt says it is important to ask who is behind the diagnosis. People with autistic spectrum diagnoses like Asperger’s are very different.
– The presence of autism diagnosis in Kasturi should awaken people in the community. With government, state and municipality. They have to ask themselves the question: what should we do to bring out the best in those with a diagnosis.
The brain works a little differently
Forningen Spectrate is a user-driven organization for adults with autism spectrum disorders
In an email to the NRK, I Jovold-Evmo, vice president of the association, writes:
– For us in the Forningen Specter, it is positive when such resource persons stand alone because they show that we are more than just a diagnosis, and that we have a diversity in who we are as individuals and as a group. But because we are afraid of stigma and exclusion, instead of covering it up, how should we take care of a uniqueness.
We can’t all be like Elon Musk because not all Aspergers are inhumane.
We are all different, and even without diagnosis, many will never create a career, make a name for themselves, or stay at work.
If Aspergers had not been a barrier to what constraints we have on society, more people would have shown their potential. We have to do these things because our brains work a little differently than those without this diagnosis.