Our Mission

Hey all,

Hayden Mears here. It’s been almost three years since my good friend, Danny Raede, called me up and asked me to go into business with him. I remember my apprehension, my fear, my excitement at the prospect of touching so many lives simply by telling my story and revisiting my own struggles with Asperger’s. Despite any misgivings I may have had, I numbly replied, “Yes. Yes I will.” Days later, Danny arrived at my parents’ house in Bixby, Oklahoma and we began laying the groundwork for Asperger Experts. And so it began.

Fast forward to now, to today. As the year comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on what’s happened, what’s to come, and where Asperger Experts is headed as a company. It’s exciting, it’s terrifying, and it’s unbelievable. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at our Facebook page (which has grown to an impressive 116,000 likes) and whispered, “Absolutely incredible.” We have grown so much in such a short time, and I often find myself overwhelmed by gratitude for those who have helped make our mission a reality.

I realized the other day that I’ve never publicly answered the most important question people ask when they stumble upon our Facebook Page or click on one of our ads: What is AE’s mission? What are we trying to create for others? Of course I know the answer to the question, but I’d never taken the time to sit down and write it out. So, this morning, I sat down and I wrote.

Here’s what I came up with:

Asperger Experts can be called many things. It’s a passion project created by those who experienced firsthand how difficult and discouraging living with Asperger’s can be. It’s a promise to create something fulfilling and enriching for other people with Asperger’s and their struggling families. It’s a dedication to betterment, to happiness, and to living the life you’ve always craved, regardless of how your brain works.

Both Danny and I are committed to enlivening, empowering, and educating people with Asperger’s and their families, ushering in incredible new periods of growth and happiness that may not have been possible otherwise. Each day brings new lessons, new insights on ourselves and on others, and the opportunity to share these findings delights and excites us.

So, if you’ve been on the fence about our material, I hope this at least sheds a bit more light on what we do and what we are about as a company and as individuals. I used to be ashamed of my Asperger’s, even angry with it. My mom and I fought incessantly, each struggling to understand the other amidst all the frustration, pain, and suffering we experienced almost daily. I’ve been there. I’ve done this. So has Danny. And I’m here to tell you that life doesn’t need to be so difficult for you or your child with Asperger’s.

I invite you, all of you, to join us on this life-changing journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and personal empowerment. It’s one wild ride, and we hope you enjoy everything life has to offer.


10 thoughts on “Our Mission

  1. Thank you so very much for all the incredibly important information you are sharing! I wish there was a community where all these unique, funny, driven aspies could live and work. I read that one of you had a job as a movie critic. That is so my son. He could be a movie, computer, video game critic. What avenue did you take to pursue movie critic? Chris is going to community college but struggling. He is so smart but we are still searching for his niche. I think we have found it or at least tapped into a possibility, but how do we get from here to there? A real paying job? Any insight would greatly appreciated. Thank you again, now back to reading your blog 🙂 Take Care. Dana

  2. Grateful for what you are doing. Grateful for answers from someone who understands. I love my child with every fiber of my being, but I just don’t always understand. This site will make a huge difference in our lives!

  3. I like parts of this page and dislike others. As a person with Asperger Syndrome who had a lot of struggle in his past, then I completely understand what the negative part is really about, but since I received my diagnosis my life has improved A TON. I didn’t need to do all the typical things that neurotypicals do, I needed to know how my brain works and how I can use it. Once this started, it’s been a natural process. I don’t have any kind of struggle with AS these days, I simply realize that I’m different and there is a lot of potential in me, sometimes more than others. According to the level of severity, lives are affected more and less, but I can guarantee that once you know how to use this super power, then no-one can stop you! There are limits, it’s true, but the super powers are stronger! 🙂 This is why I’m starting a project called “Secret Journey”, I wanna show the world what an Aspie can really do and how AS makes my life unique and special in its own way. You guys are great, I hope to get in touch with you when I’ll be in the States!!

    Gabriele Funaro, Italy

  4. I am so proud of both of you and what you have done. You have helped so many people including yourselves

    Keep up the good work

  5. The APA (American Psychiatrist Association) is a very politically correct organization.

    They are doing some very interesting research in Britain with brain scans. They can detect differences between the two conditions. There are two problems with the diagnosis, first the symptoms vary greatly and there is a lot of overlap. Also there is are not that many in the profession that have the experience or training in the subject.

  6. I heard that ‘Aspergers’ is no no longer an official name. We are now ‘high functioning autism’ This unfairly lumps us in with the low functioning element,which I feel is too inacurate.

    For my part,I have an intense interest in us colonising Mars,and the technology required to achieve this.I hope it will be in my lifetime. I also wonder where time and space begin and end,and then what is beyond.
    I can tell you when every model of aircraft,computer and mobile phone was released,and the technology used. But ask me to go and engage with people socially……I’m just total crap. I used to be embarrassed about it,but now I know its just how I am.

    1. I thank you for all the support you have given to me in the form of wetesbi, blog, and books. God has used you in a mighty way, may he continue to flow through you.


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