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Name: David L
Interests, hobbies, obsessions, perseverations etc: bicycling, writing music and playing it on keyboard, polyrhythms, telescopes and other optics.
Year of birth: 1959
Profession, area of study, etc: production worker (machine setup)
Marital status, # of kids etc.: Never been married, no kids, no significant others
Comments: It had long been a mystery to me as to why I didn't talk until I was about 4 1/2 years old, why I had so much trouble getting along with peers, why I never had any close friends, and why I had little interest in sexual relations. It was noticed that I wasn't getting along with the kids, but it being the 60's, autism was not yet widely known about. Certainly, if you could talk, you didn't have it. Before 6th grade, I had already been introduced to the mental health system, but talking to psychologists didn't help. Apparently they were getting angry about the lack of progress toward "normality"; I was put into a residential treatment center with the notion I was "emotionally disturbed". After that, the kids didn't bother me, but neither did I have any as friends. Only after getting the internet and finding out about autism and Asperger's syndrome did I realize that, yeah, I am autistic. This was quite readily confirmed by several professionals, though I still keep having nagging doubts.