Defending Aspergers

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Registered: 02-17-2004
Defending Aspergers
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Sun, 12-16-2012 - 12:51pm

I knew they were going to throw Asperger's under the bus for the CT shooting.  Here is an article that actually defends our kids for a change...

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/12/16/answering-questions-about-asperger-syndrome/

It really bothers me that if someone is violent, the media immediately goes to Autism.  The media is trying to justify someone's actions which are not justifiable.  I fear labeling all these people with autism in the media that society will ostracize our kids even more so than they do currently. 

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Sun, 12-23-2012 - 12:46pm

While it's true that the media is back-pedaling now, in the first couple days after the tragedy, they had no problem spouting their ignorant misinformation about Asperger's.  If I had to listen to Nancy Grace call Asperger's a mental illness one more time I think I'd have thrown a brick through the TV.  Even if she'd taken the time to read a Wikipedia definition before she went on the air, she'd have seemed less ignorant.

And furthermore, aside from two little boys with Asperger's, I have a grown daughter who is mentally ill.  It's horrid, too, that the only time mental illness is ever addressed in the media is when someone has done something violent.  Most people with mental illness are not violent, but they do need help, and it's not there for them.  I can only pray that this time people will hear our cry for help, and not forget about mental illness as soon as the sensationalism from this shooting dies down.

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Registered: 09-07-2008
Wed, 12-19-2012 - 2:35pm

I dont think that will happen as, long as there are kind people like you to help people to understand this.  Please keep speaking up, as I dont know what it is, and need to understand more

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Registered: 02-17-2004
Mon, 12-17-2012 - 7:59pm

A lot of the autism community has spoken up since I first posted.  It is nice to see the media did not get stuck on autism.

You are right, there is no way to justify this event.  I have no idea how the families are managing to process this.

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Mon, 12-17-2012 - 3:22pm
There have been a lot of experts coming out saying that the behavior that was shown in the shooting is not the behavior shown by autism, here is another article on it: http://www.ivillage.com/aspergers-autism-not-linked-violence-experts/6-a-509105 I hope that people don't jump to further conclusions about the reasoning behind the shooting, most likely there really wasn't one. You can't justify it rationally no matter how hard you try.