Asperger syndrome

What is Asperger syndrome?

People with Asperger syndrome see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you have Asperger syndrome, you have it for life – it is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured'. Often people feel that Asperger syndrome is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some people with Asperger syndrome also have mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels and types of support.

People with Asperger syndrome are of average or above average intelligence. They don't have the learning disabilities that many autistic people have, but they may have specific learning difficulties. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.

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Asperger syndrome and RNIB Bookshare

Under the terms of The Copyright and Related Rights (Marrakesh Treaty etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 , Asperger syndrome is defined as a print disability. This means that a learner with Asperger syndrome is entitled to use RNIB Bookshare to access the curriculum and leisure titles they want to read.

As a learner with Asperger syndrome you may find it easier to use our accessible electronic files of titles you need on a tablet or other elctronic device. You can then listen to, or change how you view the text in terms of font colour and style and background. You could also modify the title to print out and read, whatever works best for you.

If you need any help in using the titles, please just get in contact with us.

National Autistic Society

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