“Social dysfunction is perhaps the single most defining and handicapping feature of Asperger syndrome” (Rogers, 2000). Asperger syndrome is a subtype of autism. Those who experience Asperger syndrome may desire friendships, but are unable to make friends (Filipek et al., 1999). Research suggests that those with Asperger syndrome often struggle with feelings of isolation, challenges with communicating, longing for greater intimacy, and difficulty with initiating conversations (Muller et al., 2008). One of the reasons for this is that individuals with Asperger syndrome often have specific eccentric and uncommon interests (Barnhill, 2001).
The Asperger Advantage is a case study and explorations on multiple Asperger profiles. These stories exhibit specific unconventional behaviors/interests that have led to increased isolation and social awkwardness. For each person, I have created a product in order to both showcase their unique behaviors/interests, as well as provide a solution to help them successfully socialize and connect to individuals around them. These products allow individuals with Asperger syndrome to make their misunderstood interests understood, accepted, and perhaps even valued.