The neuro-biological conditions of High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome can include the qualities of creativity, heightened sense awareness, intense concentration, detached observation, precision and accuracy, and a driving need to make sense of a world experienced subjectively as worryingly chaotic. These qualities can result in exquisite writing, with rich meaning, that reassures at some level deep within us.
These conditions began to be identified only from the middle of the 20th century, and, even now, knowledge and diagnosis, while increasing, are limited to the extreme or problem cases which demand urgent solutions. There are many people who do not know that they have the condition or discover it later in life. It is common for a parent to identify his or her own condition following diagnosis of a child’s condition. The qualities that make these people different – the differentness being a quality in itself – are, in my amateur theory, elements of a kind of writing that produces fiction which communicates with the reader in a different way, and which offers us more.
I am working on compiling a selection of different writers, on a subjective and not factual basis.