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21 Oct 2012, 5:21 pm

One of them I have read online is that autism is made up and it's just an excuse for kids being brats.

I was once told by my dad's cousin that I be a better person if my parents were better parents. Basically a refrigerator mother.


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21 Oct 2012, 6:02 pm

On a slightly different topic, someone I used to know once told me that people with heart problems should be left alone to die off and should receive no medical care at all.

My guess is that if he thought about it, he would probably think the same thing about anyone with Autism as well as other things.



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21 Oct 2012, 6:35 pm

"People with Asperger's are perfectly happy, they just cause problems for everyone else."

"The need for routine and predictability is just about controlling other people."

I heard both of those from the same person.


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21 Oct 2012, 7:04 pm

Somebody once told my mom that the reason why it was okay for me to learn to read phonetically, but not okay for his son to learn/know phonics is because I wasn't "fully autistic". He used the term "fully autistic" exactly. As if he knew me well enough to know much I struggle. :roll:


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21 Oct 2012, 7:12 pm

Yeah, this ties in well with the whole Gary Mckinnen extradition story. It does baffle me how some people are so ignorant about Autism and Asperger's. Such comments like "His asperger's is unrelated, he's playing on it" and "He knew exactly what he was doing and he had every intention to destroy the US military infrastructure" It really grinds my gears! Having asperger's myself I completely understand what it's like to get so obessed with something you block everything and everyone out. Nothing quite on this level but I do understand. Good news at least though.

U.S WP members what do you think about the extradition? (apologies for going slightly off topic)



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21 Oct 2012, 9:58 pm

LeeAnderson wrote:
KaminariNoKage wrote:
My mother has varied between thinking:
1) My aspergers is a result of demonic possession
2) I am faking it
3) I have psychological issues brought about by high school and the internet which have resulted in Aspergian behavior

But probably the worst,
There was an article I once read about a boy with Autism that they denied a heart transplant because they were "afraid he would pull out the wires after the surgery."


Oh wow I read that article as well. The story was bad enough because it's a sign of things to come with Obamacare, etc... But the comments on it were absolutely ignorant.

"Put the retard down like a dog" and "Why give a perfectly healthy heart to a retard when you can give it to a normal person?" Seriously? Obamacare? Now, who's ignorant?!



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22 Oct 2012, 2:34 am

That I was dumb and that I do not have the ability to even turn a computer on and play a xbox game that I cannot possibly know anything at all. I had a moderator on a website ban my profile because I wrote something he thought was just to smart for me to write and that I could not possibly of written it he thought someone had hacked my profile and wrote it.



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22 Oct 2012, 3:33 am

"oh... you must be extremely high functioning"

"I learned a long time ago....it's just Gloria being Gloria"

"You don't look autistic"

**sigh**



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13 Mar 2019, 12:40 am

AUTISTIC STUDENTS LACK SUPPORT WHEN NAVIGATING CAMPUS

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In second year, I took developmental psychopathology because one of my special interests is mental health and the human condition. There was one brief lecture about autism, and the professor touched on a few common traits before announcing that people on the spectrum have special interests like cars, engineering and bugs.

“If any of you were on the autism spectrum you wouldn’t be here,” he said, “because this isn’t the type of thing you’d find interesting.” I was shocked by his ignorance, and since I was not comfortable outing myself in front of 200 other students who had just been told I didn’t belong—I was shocked alone.


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16 Mar 2019, 1:07 pm

When I was assessed/tested for Aspergers, I was told I communicated too well verbally & seemed too intelligent to have anything on the autism spectrum. I have aLOT of traits & characteristics of autism but those were never talked about or asked by the people doing the assessment. They mostly tested the way I think & process information. Not having an official diagnoses prevented me from qualifying for help/services/programs specially related for people with autism or developmental disabilities.


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16 Mar 2019, 5:30 pm

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Maybe a year ago or so, I had no idea that people on the spectrum could communicate much at all.
I know, I know... I'm a little embarrassed to even post this.
I came across another forum somewhere with people with Asperger's and was like, "Oh, wow, I didn't know they could talk so well."
Please nobody take offense to my past stupidity.
But I looked more into Asperger's then, so I guess it was a good learning opportunity.

To clarify, I had never met anyone with Asperger's in person (knowingly at least).


It's quite OK to not know everything. I mean, when I first came to WP I thought that everybody here were as high-functioning as me just because they could type posts on an internet forum. God was I wrong, and I learnt that the hard way! :oops:


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17 Mar 2019, 4:02 am

Joe90 wrote:
laserwater wrote:
Maybe a year ago or so, I had no idea that people on the spectrum could communicate much at all.
I know, I know... I'm a little embarrassed to even post this.
I came across another forum somewhere with people with Asperger's and was like, "Oh, wow, I didn't know they could talk so well."
Please nobody take offense to my past stupidity.
But I looked more into Asperger's then, so I guess it was a good learning opportunity.

To clarify, I had never met anyone with Asperger's in person (knowingly at least).


It's quite OK to not know everything. I mean, when I first came to WP I thought that everybody here were as high-functioning as me just because they could type posts on an internet forum. God was I wrong, and I learnt that the hard way! :oops:


Having an open mind to rid oneself of false beliefs is nothing to be embarrassed about, it is a good thing.

For all the faults of Wrong Planet it does give its readers an opportunity to unlearn from actually autistic people the false narritives so prevelent elsewhere.


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18 Mar 2019, 7:01 pm

KaminariNoKage wrote:
My mother has varied between thinking:
1) My aspergers is a result of demonic possession
2) I am faking it
3) I have psychological issues brought about by high school and the internet which have resulted in Aspergian behavior

But probably the worst,
There was an article I once read about a boy with Autism that they denied a heart transplant because they were "afraid he would pull out the wires after the surgery."
Ok. That is so stupid and ridiculous that I could not stop laughing. I am horrified that he was denied for that reason though. And even if he had started to pull wires, they could have tied his hands to the bed or wrapped his torso up so that he could not pull them or kept him sedated or anything.


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18 Mar 2019, 7:10 pm

I have heard so many stupid and offensive things. I was told by a psychiatrist that I can't be Autistic because Autistic people don't have emotions. I was told by my mother that all of the things that I have tried and failed at in life, school, jobs, have nothing to do with Autism and that it's my bad decisions and laziness. She once said, "What does not being able to hold a job have to do with Autism?" She also sent me a list of the twenty most successful Aspergians in the world and asked me what my excuse was because if they can make it, I should be able to. She also once said, "Why don't you look on the computer and type into your search, 'what can people with high functioning Autism do?'" and find a job that I can succeed at that way. My aunt asked me once was I capable of running full marathons in high school if I was Autistic? And I could go on and on.


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18 Mar 2019, 7:21 pm

One person quoted Doyle from Slingblade at the mention of autism: "... the kind of r****d that drools and rubs s*** in his hair and all that...".

A general practitioner that I used to go to once said, "You can't be autistic. You don't play with fire, wet the bed or torture animals".

Another person said that she would rather have a hysterectomy than risk giving birth to an autistic child.

Personally, I would rather take my secret to the grave than "come out" to people like these.