The Internet gossip mill is talking about whether or not Marissa Mayers has Aspergers. It’s not a new topic, but it’s come back around again because of a profile in Vanity Fair.
At the same time, Steve and I have to decide whether we should keep Ian in the public schools or whether we should put him a separate school for kids with high functioning autism. He can keep up with the mainstream academics and blends so well that the typical kids don’t know he’s different. Last night, a girl called the house and asked him out on a date. (Don’t underestimate the power of Ian’s blue eyes. Jonah was a little jealous.)
But he IS different from the other kids and it might be nice for him to be in a school with other kids who are like him. Where he doesn’t have to apologize or explain things. Where I don’t have to be put in the awkward position of calling a girl’s mother and telling her, “it’s okay that Ian goes to lunch with your daughter, but you should know that he has Asperger’s.”
At some point, autism will be an acceptable difference that won’t merit a headline on the Internet gossip websites. But we’re not there yet.