Commentary: I have autism. I’m a Mormon. And both identities can make me uncomfortable.

I was diagnosed a year ago officially with “high-functioning autism” or what you might have previously heard called Asperger’s syndrome.

I’m a nationally best-selling writer. I hold a doctorate in literature from Princeton University. I’ve raised five intelligent, successful children. I’m an All-American triathlete. Why did I go in for a diagnosis when I’m clearly a functional adult?

Well, there are times when I’m not so functional. Being a writer means going to conferences and book signings, and having strangers ask me personal questions. It would be easier if it were all just about sitting in a quiet, private room and typing on a computer.

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25th January 2018
Salt Lake Tribune