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This is a project made by me and the student government of my college; Champlain College Saint-Lambert outside Montreal, Canada.

It was a three-month project to put together and publish a speech about Asperger’s syndrome. I decided to work on it because I felt that if I were to speak out loud what my troubles are, by just one-on-one instead of a whole group, no one’s really going to listen to me. An audience grows emphasis and importance; that’s why I did this as a speech.

It was an extensive process. The rough screenplay I wrote took me almost 20 days and some of my homework was even at risk. However, I pulled it through because if I didn’t present this in the first place, I knew I was going to cry and suffer from social depression a lot more. The original screenplay was adapted to an e-book on Lulu.com.

Our final presentation was on May 1st, 2013. It was so awesome even though the preparation was tough. But I did satisfy most of my audience and earned a lot of applause at the end.

Anyway, I made this just for the sake of sharing it with friends of my own because I want those who didn’t came to the speech to fully understand that I don’t want to live in a stigma anymore or not be in a situation where I’m not invited over enough for outings, or what else in the stigma.

Well, enjoy reading the PowerPoint! (Sorry about the quality; if you download the full PowerPoint, you’ll eventually see better quality with not much pixelization.)

By the way, check out my television interview on Global News Montreal right here:
http://globalnews.ca/video/545752/the-asperger-computer

Adios, amigos!

© 2013 Gregory Desrosiers.

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The Asperger Computer - Facebook Version

  1. 1. Original Speech © 2013 Champlain College Saint-Lambert. All rights reserved.Facebook Version © 2013 Gregory Desrosiers. All rights reserved.Source Content & e-book © 2013 Gregory Desrosiers.Editing & Public Relations by the Champlain Student Association.E-book Distribution by Lulu.com. © 2013 Lulu Press Inc. All rights reserved.All text, visuals, and associated content are trademarks and / or copyrighted material of their respective owners.All rights reserved.Developed using Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010.© 2006 – 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.Event Photo Designed by Gregory Desrosiers using Microsoft Office 2010 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.Fonts Used: Super Mario Script 1 (v2.3), Consolas, and Emulogic.
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  5. 5. Produced by Gregory Desrosiers. Assistant Producers: Justin Hunt, Jasmine Lindsay© 2013 Gregory Desrosiers / Champlain College Saint LambertFacebook Edition © 2013 Gregory Desrosiers
  6. 6. What are we discussing? What’s our goal?Goal:Topics to bring:• What is Asperger’s syndrome?• What are the symptoms?• Famous people with the syndrome• What’s the reality of the social stigma?• Preventive measures on the stigma• Example YouTube Video (victim has autism and not Asperger’s)• Q & A Period (15 min.)• Summer Activity Event• Sharing my Social Networking Pages (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)Curriculum:Promote self-motivation to regular people in helping people withAsperger’s syndrome be integrated into society as well as spreadawareness on the symptoms of the disorder and the reality of thestigma.
  7. 7. For those of you who are really curious about the fontfamily, by the way...The font used in this PowerPoint Presentation, like right now,is called “Consolas”; this family is also used in the codeyou’ve just seen two minutes ago!Want to find font families of your interest? Find them online!
  8. 8. What is Asperger’s Syndrome?Different ways to describe it (no single general definition;there’s no limit to just the dictionary or an encyclopedia)My own personal opinion:A mental condition named after Hans Asperger in 1944 (from Wikipedia)Before, it was considered part of the autism spectrum, but as of May2013, it is no longer in the modern editions of the Diagnostic andStatistical Manual of Mental Disorders.Similar to autism, but in a sense that it’s more highly functional. Theillness does have its own symptoms presented, but most of them can becoped by therapy and aid.
  9. 9. Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome(watch out, most of them are dark!)The symptoms mentioned here are heavily based on the fourth edition of the Diagnostic andStatistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but are told through my own words to prevent plagiarismand copyright infringement.There are five main criteria neurologists follow when diagnosingan individual for the syndrome. The first two have foursubpoints because they are interrelated to one another.To see how the syndrome is dropped from future editions of theDSM, click here:http://life.nationalpost.com/2012/12/04/aspergers-syndrome-to-be-dropped-from-mental-disorders-manual-dsm-v/
  10. 10. Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome(Criteria #1)Quality of social interaction isnt as good compared toregular people, by two of the four behaviors:• Lack of use of non-verbal communications(facial expressions, body gestures, hand expressions, etc.)• Friendships cannot be developed to appropriatedevelopmental levels(for example, an aspie may start to be obsessed with loving a girlwho is an acquaintance and becomes problematic because the aspie doesnot know how to develop a friendship or is simply too impatient tobuild)
  11. 11. Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome(Criteria #1)• Lack or no commitment to sharing interests with othersor points of interests(Something like keeping interests to yourself for most of the time; forexample, in Grade 2, I have never considered sharingmy interests in watching WGBH Zoom and Nelvana’s Cyberchase [no longer onair]. Not even Super Mario Sunshine with that darn Shadow Mario...)• Not much reciprocity, either socially or emotionally(Repetitively saying no to invites for going out with people or not beingempathetic towards them who are hurt, either physically or mentally. More orless, it can be represented by someone who does not show kindness orsensitivity to kids who are feeling overwhelmed with bullying)
  12. 12. Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome(Criteria #2)Only adaptive behaviors, interests, and activities, atthe time of diagnosis, mostly to young children, areusually repetitive and stereotypical.• Pushing preoccupation to stereotypical and constrained pointsof interest that intensity or concentration is problematic(More motivated to follow things like being in a video arcade instead of spending a lot oftime in a concert [except for actually performing in one].Maybe wanting to follow videos on YouTube that you actually occupy yourself for much longerthan how long your break is between homeworks.)• Not flexible to specific, non-functional routines, such aschores(Won’t likely adapt to chores at first, but overtime they will. However, for some routineslike appointments at 3:00 in the afternoon at boul. Rosemont or having a “on call”job, this is where people with the syndrome can’t help themselves.)
  13. 13. Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome(Criteria #2)• Complex body movements that are obsessed orstereotyped, such as hand flapping or awkward motion ofthe whole body(wagging your hands in circles over and over again, or turning your wrists inan awkward fashion.)• Too much occupation with parts of objects(You know those tour buses you would take to go on sports teams tournaments or even fororganizations and celebrities? What if I were to tell you that a person with the syndromewould be interested with the cockpit of them?)
  14. 14. Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome(Criteria #3, 4, and 5)#3 Important areas of functioning such as social interaction haveclinical-based flaws• Flawed grammar structures and sentence formatting• Irregularly using complex verbs at wrong times• Low to medium knowledge of words#4 No general delay in use of language; simple words at two yearsold, phrases at three• Not always true because children with Asperger’s syndrome may only speak at 5years old.#5 No delay in developing age-appropriate self-help skills, process ofknowledge, and adaptive behaviors.• Aspies can help themselves ride a passenger train for instance, like me, butnot so for driving a car, so again, this isn’t entirely true.
  15. 15. Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome(What else can we discuss?)• Social and temper tantrums (screaming instantly at the time of stresspoint)• Lack of knowledge of the English language and its linguistic details• Wanting to be perfect at school (self-pressure for high marks orsticking to routines and keeping them that way)• Chronic worriness (frequent anxieties)• Lack of abstract understanding (thinking out of the box, much likedefining the code in JAVA abstract classes that only you can enteryourself because it varies, whereas concrete classes are only definedonce and never have to be redefined again)The symptoms discussed are not completely static and permanent like I saidbefore; they can be treated and coped by help from health professionals includingtherapists and behavior psychologists. In fact, they can be coped much faster ata surprising rate and end up being more sociable than people with low-functioning autism.
  16. 16. Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome(Are there any good sides to this?)Yes, there is. Here are three things to point out:• Direct, concrete thinking• Excellent memory• Good logical skillsOne concrete example in particular is, my mark in the Operating Systemscourse I was in for Winter 2012 was 96%.
  17. 17. Which famous people have the syndrome?Here are some well- known public people whohave the syndrome.• Luke Jackson• James Durbin• Satoshi Tajiri(The most recognizable person with autism is Temple Grandin, a professorfrom Colorado State University. Unfortunately, it does not fit in thecontext of Asperger’s, so she won’t be discussed.)
  18. 18. Which famous people have the syndrome?(Luke Jackson)Author of Freaks, Geeks & Asperger’s Syndrome• Published in 2002 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in the UK• Talks about the following:– Casein-free and gluten-free diets– Childhood interests in taekwondo– Bullying– Dating a girlfriend in a proper manner• Usually helpful on how to deal with bullying or how to engagerelationships from a child’s perspective• Book was published to the United States and CanadaAs a personal touch, I have read the book three years prior tothis event as a guide recommended by a worker from the CentreRéadaptation en Déficience Intellectuelle et des TroublesEnvahissants du Développement de la Monteregie-Est.
  19. 19. Which famous people have the syndrome?(James Durbin)Contestant of the 2011 Season of American Idol• Has also Tourette’s syndrome; was diagnosed with both at about 10years old• Eliminated the third-to-last round• First audition made him cry after he sang his song, but the judgesbrought him in• Interviewed by Ellen Degeneres after his elimination• Participated in a show with 30,000 people in Santa Cruz with one ofthe songs “Don’t Stop Believing”• Public image of him is outdated but still alive• More than 200,000 viewers on his original record song “Stand Up” onYouTube
  20. 20. Which famous people have the syndrome?(Satoshi Tajiri)Executive Producer of Game Freak, Inc. in Tokyo, JapanCreator of Pokémon, the world’s largest role-playing game franchisePokemon came out in 1996 as separate Nintendo Game Boy games by stormand has arisen to merchandise, movies, television shows and books.• Created the series based off of his childhood hobby of insectcollecting and the idea of the Game Boy Link Cable• Fascinated by the development of arcades, including Taito’s SpaceInvaders• Worked really well with his two assistant founders, Ken Sugimori (nowworking as senior art director), and Junichi Masuda (originalcomposer and programmer, now working as producer)• Interviewed in a 2004 series featurette of Fuji Television’sGameCenter CX (Retro Game Master in other regions) by host ShinyaArino• Took six years to develop the first Pokémon games
  21. 21. The reality of the social stigmaHey!You better pay attention to me and those slides because there’s something I need tobring up that most of us don’t usually realize: aspies are being stigmatized!Do not ever judge a person with Asperger’s syndrome by itscolor, not even a robot!Darkness is shrouding upon us as I’m about to tell you the truth...
  22. 22. The reality of the social stigmaHow are aspies facing a stigma?People sometimes don’t treat people with Asperger’s the same way as regularpeople.Frankly, regular people don’t see aspies as adapted to regular sociallevels, especially those who are committed to socializing.In addition, aspies usually don’t want to behave like others because ofa sign of guiltiness for not being themselves.(for example, me wanting to be a sarcastic person but not wanting to because it’s easy todeceive someone, especially when an aspie is under an inquiry with a figure of power.)Bottom Line:Where are our own friends who enjoy what we are?
  23. 23. The reality of the social stigmaThere are four rules regarding the stigma:1. Discrimination2. Lack of Social Interaction3. Financial Issues4. HomeworkPrecaution: This applies to college students like me, but can beapplied to any person with Asperger’s regardless of thesituation, or anyone who is curious about the stigma (may be forpractical use later on)Let’s explain this in detail.
  24. 24. Rule 1: DiscriminationNot technically researched a lot, but there are cases where people withAsperger’s are name-called in a negative fashion.Consider this: the term associated with mental retardation.You think you are winning over the battle or how successful you are, butyou’re wrong.Insulting aspies with the term is highly discriminating, becauseit makes them feel mostly they are ‘nothing.’Let me tell you a personal case.
  25. 25. Rule 1: DiscriminationThree years ago (2010), I was insulted this way by someone who repliedto my own answer on a Facebook message. I don’t want to speak out whatthat message was about, but I can tell you what our reactions were.I wasn’t that much reacting upon getting the message and actually foughtback, but when my father took at the message, he was very upset andasked himself, “Okay, why is my son insulted this way? To me, I think heis like everyone else, and sure enough, if he was to be insulted thatway and took it too seriously, I would never be a well-protectedfather.”Where does this all bring to?
  26. 26. Rule 1: DiscriminationLuckily, as an official Canadian citizen, I have this point to stand up on my guard and keepmyself dignified:“Everyone is equal under the law, regardless of race, national, orethnic origin, color, religion, sex, age or mental or physicaldisability.” (Canadian Constitution Act, 1982)This is Section 15.1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, under the section title“Equality Rights.”So, do you want to have a friend with Asperger’s and have them besuccessful and happy?Don’t ever discriminate him or her.
  27. 27. Rule 2: Lack of Social InteractionFor most cases, aspies don’t have strong proficiency in their primarylanguages.I’m primarily English, but guess what? Let me tell you!Biggest difficulty: Aspies are with their friends and theirFriends decide to chat in a very complicated fashion.Why is that?• Aspies normally communicate one idea at a time• Oversensitive senses makes us sometimes too shy to speak• We do have quick reactions but because we’re slow, by thetime we have an idea to speak out, their friends are alreadyswitching topics and therefore it’s not appropriate, incontext, to say it. Otherwise, things do get disappointing.(Why should you not slow down for aspies at least once?)
  28. 28. Rule 2: Lack of Social InteractionUnless people with AS are inspired to socialize with people and finally seek thefun side like me, they tend to be really shy of things and not speak up properly.Whoever thought you come across a silent totem pole or even the statue of PierreElliot Trudeau?Of course I do feel inspired to spend time with my friends, but besides thedifficulty I’ve just mentioned, one of the biggest issues I got is, you know onhow people talk about celebrity music sometimes? (just as an example)Some of the music my friends do talk about like Adele’s Someone Like You or KatyPerry’s Hot and Cold, but if you ever consider me to talk about it, I don’t seemto be getting much understanding of the songs and can’t give out my honestopinion, and also, because of this social stigma I’m trying to address, I wouldhave negative feelings of not really being out there in the public and being outof my stigma with associated positive sides.
  29. 29. Rule 3: Financial IssuesMore of a personal situation because even if money is kept at a bank, the behaviors of an aspiewill determine if a financial crisis will occur.Aspies are forced to constrain their transactions to education only andnot go out with friends when they receive financial aid.Let me tell you my own personal case. I won’t go into too much detail,but that’s basically to explain why usually I would not be able to goout with my friends.Regardless if I cheated to buying a Drumstick ice cream cone at aconvenience store at Métro Joliette on May 2nd on my way home from anemployment office, I am currently on financial aid provided by the Aidefinancière d’études du Québec.The AFE does not care what you buy with the loan they provide for you, so theonly thing that matters is you start paying the loan back when you go into theworkforce. However, as college financial officers insist and for the sake ofkeeping everyone respected, you should keep your payments with the aid toeducation only.
  30. 30. Rule 3: Financial IssuesAs a result of this shortage, aspies can feel disadvantaged about notgoing out with their friends, especially if they see what their friendshave done on social networks like Facebook. Let me give you an example.Actually, I do have $200 given by my mom from Christmas to use, but there’ssomething I want to do that will be mentioned at the end of this presentation.Not really a good idea in terms of paying expenses, but considering I’m gettinga job this summer, you might as well say “Go right ahead; we won’t stop you. Onlyyou can stop yourself.”Overall, the Simple reality is, if you feel it’s fair to help anaspie out with theproblem until he or she has a job and startsearning scholarships or profit, don’t say no to yourself.
  31. 31. Rule 4: HomeworkMost difficult obstacle to overcome, especially at college and university.It’s stressful for aspies to go to summer school or repeat a course atuniversity, so they have to spend a lot more time than normal tocomplete their assigned homework.Let’s say you have Calculus homework that takes you two hours to finish.Expect me to finish in three or even four hours.How is this true? Two cases:• Not very strong abstract thinking and often want to take upcomplicated ideas because of their convenience or they do not haveenough skills to simplify their logic.• Concentration because of our usual heavy interests in popular cultureor concrete-based activities. (We tend to get impatient to reach themout, but not once every second.)
  32. 32. Social depression is an aspie’sdarkest experience.You don’t want to leave a person with AS isolated for a long time.Not even for a full three weeks if we are on vacation.
  33. 33. Preventive Measures on the StigmaWhat can you do to help people with Asperger’s Syndrome,especially social seekers like me, to be socially integrated?Most influential part of the presentationIn order for people with Asperger’s Syndrome to be welcomed moreinto society like today, the people they talk to mustpersistently make an offer to go out for an activity, and theaspies must reciprocate.To prove this, here are four major points:• stop discriminating• welcome aspies into a group conversation properly• Don’t discourage them if they behave awkwardly• Consider me (or any other person with Asperger’s syndrome) whenplanning on going out with your friends.
  34. 34. Point 1: Stop DiscriminatingInstead of doing so, ask them what they can do in their classes:• What are they smart in?• What are they struggling in?• What are their current homework situations?In the end, just help them out!Treat aspies as equal with some encouragement and have them takedown notes on how to deal with some of the situations.I have not taken this step myself nor anyone asked me to see if they canhelp me out with this, but I have been working with the special needsofficer in dealing with this. However, it’s not very effective becausewe only meet for a meeting once a week.
  35. 35. Point 2: Welcome aspies into a groupconversation properlyThis is mostly for regular people.When in a social conversation or a group discussion and an aspie wantsto be really sociable for some time, introduce him or her into theconversation or discussion:• Say hi, hello, or howdy (anything to mark the start of a chat)• Tell him or her what the topic is about• Ask some questions if possibleThe aspie will feel welcome, start socializing, and start buildingconfidence and feel empowered.Hey, it’s time to have a talk about TheBeatles and where we want to go for a vacation like New York! (ha, justkidding! Mind you, I would love to travel down by train or by bus!)
  36. 36. Point 3: Don’t discourage aspies if theybehave awkwardlyAt times when being awkward becomes problematic, do thefollowing:• Ask the aspie why he or she wants to say that (or why he’sdoing this or that, with the help of an expert, let’s say)If it makes sense, don’t take it too seriously.• Try to keep the aspie calm and make them aware of thesituation. Perhaps it’s more appropriate if you ask them totell the truth instead of keeping it to themselves.Bottom Line: Don’t attempt to make a deal where the aspie startscrying and totally out of the group like a quarantined computervirus.
  37. 37. Point 4: Consider aspies when planning ongoing out with your friendsWhy should you not bother spending time thinking about inviting an aspie over fora blast of fun, especially when he, or she, is your friend?Best way to approach it nowadays is through social networks like Facebook andInstagram, or through SMS texting.If you know that the aspie’s friends are your friends too, great! If not,you better start just one-on-one.I do have acquaintances to worry about, but I do have close friends to havethe most fun!Bottom line: Always invite your aspie friend for some fun when you’reclose! He or she will reciprocate if you do so, like what I want to do!Pop culture activities or playing sports or walking in the park areentertaining and fun; just keep them interested with their own stuff! Acell phone itself can help him or her out at least!
  38. 38. Point 4: Consider aspies when planning ongoing out with your friendsPersonally, this is the most emphasized point I’m making on this because out of all thetime I’ve spent talking to my friends, I have seldom requests from them to go out andthat’s where most of my self-esteem has been broken apart. This is where most of mymotivation to socializing with my good and best friends lies on right now.Simply put, you cannot say no to yourself on inviting a person with AS to go havefun or do something sociable together, whether it’s one on one or in a group.You need to motivate yourselves to ask your friend with AS to go out inorder to have a close relationship and have you and your friend startreciprocating each other socially at equal levels like everyone else whois committed to socializing like me. Why don’t you help him or her feelthat person is really part of society and is fully integrated?Don’t even try to limit your friendship with him or her to just school orwhatever if you and that person are well committed to socialize together. This isfor one-on-one, but for groups, you need to start thinking about the aspie andtell your group to stick with being niceand respectful to the aspie without beingawkward to them at first glance.
  39. 39. That sums up on what you can do to revivethe stigma.
  40. 40. Example YouTube VideoHere’s an example video to show off the sadness and stressful situationswe see through children with autism:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX-xToQI34IUploaded on October 18, 2012, this is how even people with autism canlead to remarkable futures.You’re only going to see the first three minutes of this video becausewe’re only showing off how is it that autism can be coped.This video has gained more than 6.8 million views; this is a ComedyCentral featurette where we see the darkness of Jodi DiPiazza before wefind that she’s an awesome pianist. For her participation in Night ofToo Many Stars for autism support in the United States, she is joined byKaty Perry and together they sing “Firework.”If you want to see the full video, you’ll have to look it up on YouTube.
  41. 41. Q & A PeriodNow’s the time to ask some questions! Let’s bring them up infront of this ocean look!Do you have any questions about the topic?(Do you have any questions on what I’m smart in, what I want todo in my future career, what are my interests, what I want todo with my friends, etc.?)Let me share with you a few questions answered in my full speechI’ve delivered on May 1st, 2013.
  42. 42. Q & A PeriodHow old were you when you were diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome?Two years old, in February 1996.Do you have any special interests that’s supposed to be therapy-based?Actually, no. Regardless if I worked with multiple therapies, I never really gained anyparticular interests I want to do in my own spare time; I’m actually more the kind of personwho is influenced byelectronic entertainment.Do you like music?Of course I do; if there is one thing I want to do, it’s to go check out the International JazzFestival in Montreal. However, there are multiple songs out there, both instrumental and withlyrics, that I happen to dislike them and they seem to turn me down because they’re telling methat I will not be able to get myself really into society with the people around me and also,there would be potential risks for negative behaviors. The only way to solve this is to havethe people recognize me with those kinds of feelings like what I’m trying to do right now.Unfortunately, that’s all I can remember. Here are some questions I can ask myself, though:Was going to appointments with the family neurologist a frantic process?Yes, it was really scary for me. I always cried whenever my parents told me to go meet up withour neurologist who made the diagnosis on me for AS. The last two appointments (in 2008), Iwasn’t crying beforehand, but when we had an appointment with him in February, at one point Iwas crying during the appointment because I wanted to keep my situation with an acquaintanceto myself but the doctor was thinking I get a prescription for an anti-depressant. The onlysolution, really, was to get out of the office.
  43. 43. Q & A PeriodHave you tried being in social groups like Champlain’s Adam’s PACE Program?Not in Adam’s PACE, but I have been in multiple social groups. The only question I got aboutthem is, who are the people in them? That’s because whenever the people I meet in the socialgroup are new people or acquaintances where I don’t know them much and don’t seem to haveaccomplished a lot quite yet, I do tend to be bored, especially if we don’t do anythingrelated to pop culture.In addition, if you ever consider having me meet up with children or people with autism wherethey haven’t learnt on how to cope with the symptoms I’ve dealt so far, occasionally I do getawkward and therefore I can’t speak myself out well enough compared to my good and closefriends. Not that I’m shy, but there rises a question of how people with autism understand me.How do you feel about the social stigma right now that you’re trying to make us aware?Very emotional. I frequently think negative inside me, but that’s because I feel that throughthe points on lack of social interaction, homework and financial shortages, I can’t succeed ingetting into the ‘inside’ parts of chatting with my good friends.Who else would want to suffer from social dependency? Regardless if I have been using Facebookfor almost four years and have been suffering from social network addiction, it isn’t acomplete cure to trying to get in. The best way to get in is to talk in person, especially insocial activities. All social network messages are simply substitutes.
  44. 44. Q & A PeriodWhy did you call your speech “The Asperger Computer” when there’s nothing related to computersat all?I wanted to demonstrate how AS is like a computer or a computer program, but I found out thatmy analogy at the beginning made my speech too long, so I had to cut it out.Have you ever even attempted to go for social outings with friends of your interest?Yes, I have. One example is going out bowling in December 2012 with two people being reallyclose friends of mine.What are your primary interests?I am heavily addicted to the Internet, primarily Facebook and YouTube, but if there were gamesto play upon my interest, I would actually get to that. However, I haven’t played video gameslately because of this stigma and me wanting to get out.Still, I would love to do video games and other kinds of multimedia; just make sure I do itwith my friends because I feel like I am liberalized and not constrained by my parents.(something like Kaushik in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth where since he is an Americanwith an origin background from India, he has liberty. [freedom])However, I can take interests in walking up Mount Royal and going to the Montreal Biodome or upthe Olympic Tower. But I want to make sure I got something to keep me entertained with myselfish desires like everyone has with Instagram and Facebook Mobile. Still, I need to haveclose friends by my side if I am ever going to feel like I am really part of the society.Never mind being an English minor.
  45. 45. Q & A PeriodWhat do you want to do in the future?I have learned on how to write programs through one of the programming languages, but I want togo into computer game design that occasionally I would open myself up to let multiplayer workor even upload on social networks.I definitely do not want to be the next developer of Zynga’s FarmVille!That does it for all the questions I’ve answered. I’m going to leave therest for you to ask me at another time.
  46. 46. Summer Activity Event(Here’s a social activity I’m considering to invite my good and bestfriends to.)Saturday, May 18th, 2013:Season Opening Day of La RondeWhat is La Ronde?Montreal’s only amusement park.It is a member of the SixFlags familyin the United States.Business Hours:10:30 AM – 8:00 PMCost:Daily ticket price: $52.99Regular Season Pass: $59.99[Refer to this link to find prices:http://www.laronde.com/larondeen/tickets.asp]Additional fees may apply, especiallyfor go-karting and video arcades;bring your own lunch to save!(As for me, I have $100 to spend on this fineday, so I’ll be able to do some of the extrafee attractions over there besidessightseeing the park from the inside)If you are concerned about exams on myside, I only have two exams to worryabout:The Quebec Ministerial Exam ofCollege English (May 15, AKA EnglishExit Exam) and a course-based exam(May 22nd, Data Structures).
  47. 47. Social Networking PagesWant to give out your support for my efforts in becoming socially integrated andpublicly recognized?Follow me on my own pages on some social networks!Facebook: Search my name and click on the profile that has a photo of me sittingin front of a desktop computer.Or, click here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gregory-Desrosiers/171954446270382Twitter: @GregoryDesOr, click here: https://twitter.com/GregoryDesI have an account on Google Plus, MySpace, and Tumblr, but I hardly check them.Google Plus is the most often out of the three.For security reasons, I am not giving you my e-mail address.And because of my cell phone contract expiration in July 2013, I want to aim for buying a phonewith a three-year contract that I can download Instagram and start getting together more withsome of you who are on at least a social network but not on Facebook. A simple 16-GB iPhone 5will do.
  48. 48. Well, that pretty much does it.Here’s one last word before I give you my word of thanks:Are you ready to go out and have fun with people withAsperger’s Syndrome? Do you appreciate the thoughts andideas shared by one individual JAVA Programmer?What are you waiting for? Don’t isolate them forever! Instead, start invitingthem for outings or even go shopping!As for me, I think it’s time that I put my speech project as a close. However,the fun is not over yet! As soon as I have a job and make money, I’ll be on myway to start socializing and being recognized into pop culture.Let’s go after the Angry Birds! Let’s eat at a restaurant on Sainte-CatherineWest in Montreal! Spread the word on how much I’ve accomplished and that I amdetermined to go out on summer outings! Time to swim, to sit in the sun, to beentertained, to take a vacation, and to be publicly recognized!Oh, and I have an e-book adaptation of this. Ask me if you want to know!
  49. 49. Most Importantly:Let’s spread the word through the media and build publicrecognition for people with Asperger’s Syndrome inpopular culture!I want to take this to the next level and hopefully getrewards at the end; please help me out!
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