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No BB I don't know other people with AS so I wouldn't know the answer to your question.
Perhaps getting to know other lads with a similar condition might be helpful to you, even to learn from their life experiences and what worked for them or to find common ground maybe?
Best of luck with the other thing though, fair play for getting yourself out there
I can only imagine how difficult it might be to overcome other peoples prejudices and the stigmas surrounding mental health issues when confronted with people who might behave a little bit different, but don't forget you have to meet people halfway too so its a learning experience for everyone
By the way,no offence is intended by calling AS a mental health issue, I don't know what the preferred reference for it would be by people with AS?