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anneurysm
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02 Sep 2011, 9:47 pm

I currently mentor a young woman with AS, Bonnie. Upon hearing that a girl she knew was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and was interested in a trial surgery in the states, she decided to organize a concert to raise money for this surgery. The concert is coming soon and was briefly mentioned in the local paper.

What ticked me off was that the only thing mentioned about Bonnie was that she had Asperger's. I feel this way because that is not only irrelevant to the article, but it was possibly done in a sense to equate AS as an illness, like what the girl she knows is going through. It also implies that the main thing you should know about her is that she has AS or that it is somehow it is a huge anomaly for people with AS to be doing good things in their communities.

The point is, there are so many instances similar to this in the media, and honestly, this needs to change. That's just my opinion, but yours may differ. I am just so sick of all of these patronizingly ''feel good'' stories about people on the spectrum that do not view the person as anything but disabled.

What are the forums thoughts and comments on this issue?


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My longtime psychiatrist has confirmed that I do not qualify for an ASD diagnosis (but have traits & OCD-like traits).

Mostly keeping a distance from ASD-related things (including WP).


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02 Sep 2011, 10:00 pm

It does piss me off because people are for some reason impressed that I am an aspie and do well in college... As if all aspies are dumb. I always get pissed when people also think they know about autism because one time they heard about it...



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02 Sep 2011, 10:22 pm

They do it because it draws more attention to the story and it's for the drama. I don't like it either.



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02 Sep 2011, 10:32 pm

I don't mind it. In this case, what I see is "Woman with AS does good for fellow human". More of these are needed to balance out "Serial killer XYZ is on autism spectrum, so saith random armchair headshrinker".



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02 Sep 2011, 10:52 pm

So - contact the writer and or editor of the story and tell them that! It's a learning opportunity. Their wrong opinions will never change if no one ever challenges them. It doesn't need to be nasty and aggressive - in fact, a polite informative converation would be more productive. Kill em with kindness and they just might listen.



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03 Sep 2011, 1:53 am

If you have an ASD and you're in the news it's going to get mentioned. The media loves reports on autism even if it has nothing to do with the story.


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