July 2, 2013

By Dan Coulter

 I got an arresting perspective about discrimination at my high school reunion last week. A classmate and I were sitting at a table away from the crowd, catching up on the years since graduation. He talked about raising a niece with a physical disability...

April 23, 2013

By Dan Coulter

Those of us diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, or who support people diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, may have a fight on our hands. Or, maybe not. It depends on the impact of the upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Diso...

April 4, 2011

By Dan Coulter

I saw a nice feature in the paper this morning about Autism Awareness Month.  Of course, in our family, every month is Autism Awareness Month.  Every day is Autism Awareness Day.  Every minute is...you get the idea.

   We’ve seen a lot of progres...

April 15, 2010

By Dan Coulter

I’m convinced that, without knowing it, many of us are routinely interacting with people who have some form of Asperger Syndrome. We may think it’s something else. They may not recognize it themselves.

It’s not even a bad thing that we or they don’t know,...

April 5, 2010

By Dan Coulter

Autism Awareness Month is an opportunity for people with Asperger Syndrome.

What can awareness of Asperger Syndrome do?

It helped a mother I recently met understand that her daughter wasn’t just being difficult when she automatically responded to Mom’s sugg...

March 23, 2010

By Dan Coulter

     How does your brain work?

     If you’re like most of us, you haven’t got a clue. Brain scientists have a clue, but that’s about all they have. In the grand scheme of things, we only have the basics figured out. We still have a lot to learn...

February 23, 2010


By Dan Coulter


I’ve been reading published responses to the American Psychiatric Association’s proposal to remove Asperger Syndrome from their diagnostic and statistical manual (DSM). I’ve appreciated the personal experiences people have shared in explaining where the...

February 17, 2010

By Dan Coulter

Being diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 1997 was one of the best things that ever happened to my son, Drew. Make no mistake, Asperger Syndrome can be duplicitous. It can give you abilities that make people shake their heads in wonder, and deficits th...

October 19, 2009

By Dan Coulter


The reaction I received to my article announcing that I’ve been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome was gratifying.

I was struck by the difference between the many, many positive responses I got to this article, and the skepticism that I heard from...

October 7, 2009

by Dan Coulter

Will you think of me differently after you read the next sentence?

I have Asperger Syndrome.

While I just got the diagnosis, this means I’ve had the condition all my life. It’s not a huge surprise. My son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 1997 and m...

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