New York Magazine Takes On Autism


New York Magazine takes on Asperger’s and the autism spectrum. Enlightening? Offensive? A not-too-surprising view of how the rest of the world sees “us?” Let me know what you think . .

.http://nymag.com/news/features/autism-spectrum-2012-11/

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John grew up in the 1960s. He knew he was different, but didn’t know why. His early social and academic failures would be signs of disability today, but back then, they were dismissed as laziness or a bad attitude.
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John Elder Robison

John grew up in the 1960s. He knew he was different, but didn’t know why. His early social and academic failures would be signs of disability today, but back then, they were dismissed as laziness or a bad attitude.

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  • November 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm
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    The author makes it very clear that:

    1) Autism is very real.
    2) Asperger’s is very real.
    3) This article is not about the very real people who really have autism and Asperger’s – it’s about the armchair diagnoses running rampant.

    As the author says at http://nymag.com/news/features/autism-spectrum-2012-11/index1.html

    “…But this is not a story about Asperger’ s, autism, or the spectrum—those very real afflictions that can bring untold hardship to the people who suffer from them and to their families. It is, instead, a story about “Asperger’s,” “autism,” and “the spectrum”—our one-stop-shopping shorthand for the jerky husband, the socially inept plutocrat, the tactless boss, the child prodigy with no friends, the remorseless criminal. It’ s about the words we deploy to describe some murky hybrid of egghead and aloof….” (emphasis added)

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  • November 23, 2012 at 6:52 pm
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    I don’t put much stock into what magazines like this one have to say. Autism and Asperger’s is very real.

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  • November 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm
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    the only thing u need to know abot autism is three words: Christian Weston Chandler. lulz, he’s the most famouse typical autist of modern times. 

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  • November 22, 2012 at 3:42 am
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