I have Aspergers Syndrome, which is a type of autism. I grew up with it, but didn't know it. I guess I did hear the name "Aspergers" at 7, but long since forgot. The economy went bad and I had terrible luck with jobs, I figured I needed help from Nebraska Voc Rehab. To be eligible for VR you need a disability label. They sent me to a psychologist, who has re-diagnosed me with Aspergers.
On Jan 2, 2008 I took a brave step. I was at the piano at the Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso during open mic session. "Tonight I plan to sing a song by the late Sammy Davis Jr." (Started a chord run in Ab) "All my life I knew I was different, but didn't always know what the heck it was. I've coped, and much of my life actually handled it well. Recent circumstances forced me to come to terms with it. I have Aspergers Syndrome, a mild type of autism. Yes, I am Autistic and Not ashamed of it anymore. That is where I got my incredible compassion to become 'The Healthcare for ALL Music Guru.' But ultimately" (Started piano intro in C) "I've GOTTA BE ME, my strengths, weaknesses, and things I wish could be different. I'VE GOTTA BE ME." Started singing "I've Gotta Be Me" Sammy Davis Jr. Classic.
"Wait a minute, how can you get on stage and play music before an audience if you are autistic?" It just so happens, I am both autistic and artistic.