Questions that I asked were
- What is your background on Asperger’s syndrome? In other words, do you yourself have, know someone who has, or have heard of this syndrome?
- How much or what do you know about asperger’s syndrome?
- When you first meet someone new, how do you greet him or her and become friends?
- When you are or were in school, was there someone singled out as ‘weird’ or ‘strange’? if then, for what reasons?
- How do you feel if someone doesn’t understand or realize your emotions?
- What sort of activities did you engage in with your friends when you were in elementary school?
- If you don’t mind being contacted with more questions, please leave your email address or another way to contact you.
I sent out the questions to classmates and others not in art fields (29/35). After I conducted this survey, I realized how majority of people did not know about asperger’s syndrome, just like me, however few people have heard of the term through their classes, and one told that she was diagnosed with this syndrome when she was five. My 3rd question of how to greet someone when first meets, most of them answered as to find common interests, give each other attentions, and smiles on the face. The question of why there was someone singled out, people answered that they acted differently, due to their physical appearance, and too quiet. Many of them said they get frustrated, lonely, and uncomfortable when someone doesn’t realize their emotions. Social interaction is important, so the question that asks what sort of activities were engaged with friends provided that they did sports games together, having birthday parties, bicycles, lots of outdoor activities, hide and seek, and playing with Lego blocks. Lots of interviewers did not feel comfortable giving their email address for more questions when it’s needed.