We were vacationing at a time-share condo complex a few years ago when our Asperger's (AS) son, Marc, was 15 years old. Marc is an attractive young man with an upbeat, positive and friendly personality. He is small in stature for his age, and often is more comfortable hanging out with younger kids who have similar interests.
His faux leather jacket, jeans, white t-shirt and emerging dark facial hair appearance could cause suspicion, but not to anyone who knows Marc. The parents of his younger friends have never expressed concern about Marc, except for his habit of leaving his bike, kayak, and fishing equipment out in their yards.
By Paula Doherty
Asperger/Autism Network (AANE)