“Many people with Asperger’s Syndrome have an intense focus or interest often at a fairly young age which can change over time and may be life-long. The subject maybe music, it could be trains or computers but for me, it is all about the ambulance service – I have a fascination and fixation on it. I get blown away by the simplest things but understand the most complicated things.
“Being part of the Team NWAS PPP really gives me an insight on how the service works from the emergency call handlers, emergency crews and NHS 111 service, to the back office staff and the mechanics that keep ambulances going 24/7, 365 days a year. It has really given me more confidence in how to interact with other people who have the same passion as I do.
“Throughout society some of the cleverest people in history, who have fundamentally changed how we look at society, have had Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s Syndrome is not just a disability or a hidden disability but it is ability.
“Characteristics vary from differences in social interaction, intense interest and repetitive behaviours and routines to difference in communication. People with Asperger’s Syndrome don’t have a learning disability that many autistic people have, but they may have specific learning difficulties. They may also have fewer problems with speech but may have difficulties with understanding and processing language.”
For more information on Asperger’s Syndrome visit: autism.org.uk.