“People don’t suffer from Asperger’s,” Justin said. “They suffer because they’re depressed from being left out and beat up all the time.”
That, at least, was what happened to these students at mainstream schools before they found refuge here.
But unlike many programs for autistics, this school’s program does not try to expunge the odd social behaviors that often make life so difficult for them. Its unconventional aim is to teach students that it is O.K. to “act autistic” and also how to get by in a world where it is not.