My contribution to the discussion in The Guardian's 'Comment Is Free' section.
I've got Asperger's syndrome, and in my opinion, it's the only medical condition where a cure will actually make things worse for the people concerned.
I'm fifty years old and have never had a job or relationship, and I'm very socially isolated. Most people don't understand my circumstances; but a few do...only a few though.
If there were to be a cure my circumstances would still be the same and what little support and understanding there is would suddenly disappear
It's not my Asperger's that's the problem, it's the actions and attitudes of everyone else, blocking my every attempt to somehow find my place in society.
The medicalisation of Asperger's syndrome, and talk of a cure, is totally counterproductive - I don't need a cure; I just need people to have a bit of faith in me, and not dismiss me because they've worked out that I'm a bit different.
Everything everyone else is capable of doing, so am I, or anyone else with Asperger's syndrome....plus, for some people, the possibility to do something really amazing.
Please investigate the issues and try to imagine yourself in my situation.