Scope have recently started their excellent End The Awkward campaign and they've emailed us to ask if we can help with a question they've received from a supporter:
My friend has Asperger's Syndrome, high-end functioning, but cannot work outside the home. He has stopped going out because people say, 'Oh, what do you do for a living?' or 'What do you find to do all day?'
What is the best way to deal with this? He is an artist but never offers his work for sale, so I said he can truthfully make that his reply. 'I am an artist.' Any offers, please? People have said to me, 'Well, he doesn't look disabled to me, there can't be much wrong with him.' His AS is crippling.