Imagine moving through life without the ability to comprehend that other people possess different emotional states, cognitive experiences and perceptions than you do. You have a compulsive need to create routines that affect all aspects of your everyday life. You pursue narrow interests, excluding other people and activities. While you communicate the best you can, you always feel misunderstood by others, and you always feel like you cannot understand what others mean when they speak. Imagine the confusion you would experience when faced with the constant reality that your own conduct, while appropriate from your perspective, is often socially unacceptable to others. This is a rough description of the social experience of an individual with Asperger's Syndrome ("AS").'
Brian Wauhop, Mindblindness: Three Nations Approach the Special Case of the Criminally Accused Individual with Asperger's Syndrome, 27 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 959 (2009).