Asperger Moms Assure The Public There’s Only Something Different About Their Children When It’s Convenient

School lunch. Maine news from The Rumford Meteor

School lunch. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorPeggy Schick of Topsham was furious when she heard early news reports describing the Connecticut school shooter as having Asperger’s syndrome. “It made me sick as soon as I heard it,” said Schick, whose 16-year-old son was diagnosed with Asperger’s, a mild form of autism. “People who aren’t informed about autism are thinking, ‘Oh! That’s it! That’s why this happened.’ (But) it’s like saying ‘He was tall,’ or ‘He had red hair.’ It’s an irresponsible, uninformed response.” Later media reports added caveats or quoted autism experts saying that people with Asperger’s are not prone to violent behavior, but for many advocates, the damage was done. “It makes ASD (autism spectrum disorder) kids all of a sudden cast in the light of homicidal crazies,” said Mark Wilson, who has a grown son with Asperger’s living in the Lewiston-Auburn area. “These kids have a hard enough time. (read more at Portland Press Herald)