http://www.npr.org/2015/02/27/389489102/through-the-looking-glass and I am intrigued and have now ordered one of her books.
Dawn Prince-Hughes has Aspergers. Here is her experience with Congo, a Silverback male gorilla, as they communicate through a sheet of glass at the Seattle zoo.
I probably stayed with him like that, with my head on his shoulder, for 30 minutes or so. I think it was probably the first time I was genuinely comforted by another person. Congo really set the standard for what social interactions should be like between me and another living being. You just can't worry about looking like a fool. You can't worry about getting hurt. You can't worry about whether you're right or not. It just boils down to wanting to be connected at all costs, at all risks. I no longer wanted to allow the permeability of my spirit to seek smaller and smaller shelters. It requires a completely open heart. I felt like I found a way to go home through the glass. -- Dawn Prince-Hughes
I am touched, through the gift of the internet.