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When Science Doesn't Count

KevNC Wrote: Dec 21, 2012 7:36 AM
I worked for many years in a residential school for children with developmental disabilities which included autism and Asperger's. I have firsthand knowledge of the range of behaviors and the limitations and capabilities of individuals with a variety of developmental disabilities. So his claim is possible. Quite a few posters seem willing to believe Maggie's claims, even though they are ridiculous and have nothing to do with the shooter in Newtown. Do you, like Maggie, believe that everyone in a given group is exactly alike, or do you believe that people are individuals able to think for themselves?

When the press reported that Adam Lanza had Asperger's syndrome (part of the autism spectrum disorders) and other unspecified personality problems, the autism community swung into action in a way that is totally understandable. The Associated Press' headline: “Experts: No Link Between Asperger's, Violence”

The vast majority of autistic people are not violent. Autistics like Temple Grandin, the professor who helped create humane strategies for the meat industry, remind us that many people with high-functioning also go on to live full, rich lives of value to themselves and others.

Grandin also reminded us that, for autistic people, “The principal emotion experienced...