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Asperger’s Syndrome


MALE 1: My life with Asperger's has been a bit difficult. It's been good and bad in some ways. It's taught me a lot.
MALE 2: If I had to say one thing about living with Asperger's Syndrome it's like...
MALE 1: Growing up I had a lot of difficulties in making and keeping friends.
MALE 2: I mean, middle school was brutal for me, but then again for quote unquote normal kids it is.
FEMALE 1: I felt like an outsider in high school, like I didn't belong.
MALE 1: I never knew what to do around other people, it was always very awkward for me.
MALE 2: Yeah kids picked on me.
MALE 1: I was fortunate I didn't get made fun of because it was assumed that I was that weird smart kid.
MALE 2: I did have problems with certain social situations. I threw fits sometimes.
MALE 1: It was nice that people left me alone, but...people left me alone.
WOMAN: Hi, my name is Joyce Harding I am the director of the Coffee House Program of Bucks County.
Our program supports young adults with Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. It's for young adults 18-26 years old who have graduated from high school and need to continue to receive supports in order to successfully transition from their school environment into their communities.
FEMALE 1: Coffee House is a great place for people who have Asperger's.
MALE 1: I was always so anxious and nervous around people that I'd do something wrong. And I just eventually... it took a lot of hard work and a lot of coming here... and I realized I just had to let go.
MALE 2:  Up until I joined the Coffee House, I had nowhere near the social life I do now.
MALE 3: It's a good program for me because I can benefit from learning new social skills. And I can make new friends.
FEMALE 1: They just understand our feelings, and won't turn us away for the problems we have.
MALE 1: I let go of my fears and Coffee House helped me learn that.
MALE 3: Everybody's kind and very generous and everybody's very accepting.
MALE 1: I've just become so much more outgoing and happy and more proud and confident of myself.
MALE 2: You feel like a normal kid, you don't feel any're just like...
MALE 1: More satisfied with who I am.
MALE 2: It's hard to explain.
MALE 1: I don't worry about my disabilities I mean I used to downplay everything, all my good points.
But now I've learned to embrace them and stretch them. Because you know what? we all have our disabilities in our own ways and it's just all in our mind.
MALE 2: It makes us unique.
MALE 1: You just can't let that stop you, and this program has helped me learn that.