Is Asperger Syndrome Necessarily Viewed as a Disability?

  title={Is Asperger Syndrome Necessarily Viewed as a Disability?},
  author={Simon Baron-Cohen},
  journal={Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities},
  pages={186 - 191}
  • S. Baron-Cohen
  • Published 1 August 2002
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
This article considers whether Asperger syndrome (AS) should necessarily be viewed as a disability or, from a different perspective, as a difference. The author concludes that the term difference in relation to AS is a more neutral, value-free, and fair description, and that the term disability better applies to the lower functioning cases of autism. But he recognizes that disability may need to be retained for AS as long as the legal framework provides financial and other support only for… 
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